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Unread 05-22-2013, 11:04 PM   #1
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Front driveshaft C/V joint bad, rebuild kit?

Hi there. Recently I've noticed a clicking when accelerating coming from the front center of my ZJ. I've narrowed the noise down to the CV joint on my front driveshaft because I've figured that the clicking (which sounds similiar to the sound of a bad hub CV joint) is coming from the front diff area and determined that it is this CV joint that has gone bad.

Now my question is to people who have had this same thing happen. I'm wondering if anyone has gotten one of these and done a rebuild of the CV joint.

Now before anyone posts saying to upgrade to the u-joint shaft, I do not plan on doing that. I'm just trying to get this fixed and plan on selling the vehicle. If anyone has any prior experience rebuilding/replacing these cv joints I would appreciate the feedback on if it is a viable option or not. Also, being pointed towards the best kit/instructions would be appreciated as well.

Thanks a lot!

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Unread 05-23-2013, 05:30 AM   #2
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If replacing a CV joint on a Jeep ZJ is anything like replacing a CV joint on most other vehicles, its probably much easier to just replace the entire axle assembly. My 93 ZJ is in need of CV's and I plan to replace both front axles.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 06:18 AM   #3
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If the CV is bad just get a new one. It's toast.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 07:25 AM   #4
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He said driveshaft,im guessing he has the rezeppa joint shaft
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Unread 05-23-2013, 08:28 AM   #5
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They're almost as expensive as a whole drive shaft and quality is very hit or miss.

I'd rather do the conversion.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 09:07 AM   #6
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Just got to a JY and get another one for cheap.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:37 PM   #7
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Yes it is a rzeppa driveshaft. The cv joint on that is clicking. Any idea what a JY would charge for a entire driveshaft?

And the rebuild kit, any other threads or experiences with them?
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Unread 05-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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price depends entirely on the junkyard. could be 20 bucks, could be 100. call around and ask.
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Unread 05-23-2013, 02:17 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by runge17
Hi there. Recently I've noticed a clicking when accelerating coming from the front center of my ZJ. I've narrowed the noise down to the CV joint on my front driveshaft because I've figured that the clicking (which sounds similiar to the sound of a bad hub CV joint) is coming from the front diff area and determined that it is this CV joint that has gone bad.

Now my question is to people who have had this same thing happen. I'm wondering if anyone has gotten one of these and done a rebuild of the CV joint.

Now before anyone posts saying to upgrade to the u-joint shaft, I do not plan on doing that. I'm just trying to get this fixed and plan on selling the vehicle. If anyone has any prior experience rebuilding/replacing these cv joints I would appreciate the feedback on if it is a viable option or not. Also, being pointed towards the best kit/instructions would be appreciated as well.

Thanks a lot!
I got mine from autozone. It was remanufactured for only $90 and I replaced it myself.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 04:34 PM   #10
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I got mine from autozone. It was remanufactured for only $90 and I replaced it myself.
Is the replacement fairly easy Sergio? I'm split between replacing the joint or just buying a driveshaft from the JY. Only gripe I have with new driveshaft is switching over my newish u joints and Cardin.
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Unread 05-24-2013, 04:49 PM   #11
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Is the replacement fairly easy Sergio? I'm split between replacing the joint or just buying a driveshaft from the JY. Only gripe I have with new driveshaft is switching over my newish u joints and Cardin.
It should only take you ten minutes to remove the shaft. I did it on the side of the road. I would not switch the new parts over unless you needed to. Save them as spares.
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