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JWELK 08-13-2011 08:50 AM

Universal Joint Failure
 
I have a '95 Wrangler 4.0, 5 spd.
It has 16 inch, the tires are P255 65R16.
The speedometer is accurate so the gearing has been changed.
At any rate we have gone through 3 universals in 4 yrs.
It gets driven about 9,000 miles /yr. Very little 4WD, no off road to speak of.
After all of this, what should I be looking for?

Thanks for all of the help on my previous request. Am looking into it as we speak. Had a lightning hit on the pole outside the house. One computer, printer, cordless phone DSL only took 3 wks to get it up and running..

Thanks,

Jim W

bigbossd1030 08-13-2011 09:01 AM

What do you mean it has 16 inch?
Not sure, but I would consider the pinion angles (or the angle of the Driveshaft in question).
Also it could be an unbalanced driveshaft.
I would maybe take it in to a shop that makes/specializes in DS and have them take a look at it.

danlee 08-13-2011 09:07 AM

22 deg angle is real good for pinion angle, 30 degrees not so good

MJMPC 08-13-2011 09:12 AM

Can you take some pics of your driveshaft angle ?

JWELK 08-13-2011 12:09 PM

16 Inch Rims
I'll get pix and take some measurements as soon as I get it back.
I asked the mechanic, he said they go bad frequently. I have a '95 Sahara with about the same mileage 70K or so, it has an auto, but I've never had a problem with its drivetrain.

Thanks,

Jim W

bigbossd1030 08-13-2011 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JWELK (Post 12015344)
16 Inch Rims
I'll get pix and take some measurements as soon as I get it back.
I asked the mechanic, he said they go bad frequently. I have a '95 Sahara with about the same mileage 70K or so, it has an auto, but I've never had a problem with its drivetrain.

Thanks,

Jim W

Yeah same here, I have a 95 manual though, and I bought it off a friend I knew growing up and we did all the work on it together and we have never changed a ujoint yet. So no, that mechanic is an idiot and you should be going to someone else.

19OlllllllO41 08-13-2011 03:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JWELK (Post 12015344)
16 Inch Rims
I'll get pix and take some measurements as soon as I get it back.
I asked the mechanic, he said they go bad frequently. I have a '95 Sahara with about the same mileage 70K or so, it has an auto, but I've never had a problem with its drivetrain.

Thanks,

Jim W

After you get us drive line angle pics, start searching for a new mechanic.... :rofl:

bandhmo2 08-13-2011 11:04 PM

The 95's used a larger ujoint on the axle end of the rear drive shaft then the front. There is something not right with the pinion yoke used so they eat ujoints. I was going through about 1 a year. This is a common and known issue.

Xpress 08-13-2011 11:29 PM

Buy OEM u-joints?

jbeebe 08-14-2011 08:31 AM

they don't go bad frequently. get a new mechanic. what brand u-joints are you putting in it? and like others have said, take pics of the driveshaft angle

hesserdude07 08-14-2011 11:08 AM

:rofl: :rofl: u joint is like $10, i would be glad if thats all i had to replace on my jeep in a year... :cheers2:


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