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Unread 08-20-2010, 09:57 PM   #1
Ryman12
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U-joint question

Hey everybody, my jeep has been acting up recently and I wanted to clear a few things up before I went ahead and ordered new parts.

I let my buddy drive my jeep today and he cranked the steering wheel all the way. Now whenever I make a mild or full turn there will be severe steering wheel wobble and when backing out it can even bring my car to a stop (usually I just give it a little gas and coast out of a parking spot). So I did some research and I came to the conclusion that my front end u-joints are probably shot. After 120k miles I think the stock ones are ready to croak. But I need some advice on what type to get. I hear spicer is a good brand, but what model? The 760? Also, could bad u-joints contribute to sloppy steering?

Thanks in advance for the help!

BTW I have dana 44 axles and its my daily driver.

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Unread 08-20-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
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A bad U Joint won't affect steering, I would crawl under and while someone is turning the wheel look for anything suspect in the steering linkages.
My 99TJ has the original U joints and has 145xxx, so don't necessarily assume they're worn out.
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Unread 08-20-2010, 11:00 PM   #3
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Hmmm thanks for the advice. I actually had a buddy turn steering wheel while I watched the steering components and it seemed tight all the way to the gear-box. Ill have to take a look underneath next time. However, I am 90% sure the u-joints are bad due to the wobble when I make turns. I was just curious if that could contribute to the slop so-to-speak.
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