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Unread 05-17-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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U-joints?

Alright, I know that there are other post on this but I'm having a hard time diagnosing the exact symptoms myself (or i just need confimation). Okay, a week ago or so my front driver side wheel began squeaking on my 04 tj. It only happens at speeds under 30 or so thati noticed and only when the wheel is turned either direction and its not turning thewheel that makes it squeak it does it when im rolling. Today i lifted the front and turned the wheel by hand. When the wheels are straight on there is no noise and regualr easy rotation. When i turn it though at first it squeaked like it does and it is a high pitched squeak with maybe a slight grinding but i kept turning it and it eventually jammed up and would turn unless it straightened the wheel out while i was trying to turn it. Does this sound like the u-joint or something else. Ive looked up about replacing this and all i need to know is whether this is it for sure because im in high school and have a couple days left and its my daily driver so i dont want to spend time taking it apart to just look and not replace it that day. So does that sound like a u-joint to anyone else? Thanks

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Unread 05-17-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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Since u-joints don't do anything when you're steering straight ahead and your squeaking only occurs when turning, my first suspicion would be a bad u-joint. See if you can see any rust-colored dust coming out of any of the bearing caps which is a sure sign of a toasted u-joint.

If you end up replacing the front axle u-joints, a good direct-fit stronger/more durable/longer-lasting u-joint would be the Spicer 5-760x. That's the u-joint Spicer developed at Jeep's request to be used on the Rubicons introduced back in 2003.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 03:33 PM   #3
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Since u-joints don't do anything when you're steering straight ahead and your squeaking only occurs when turning, my first suspicion would be a bad u-joint. See if you can see any rust-colored dust coming out of any of the bearing caps which is a sure sign of a toasted u-joint. If you end up replacing the front axle u-joints, a good direct-fit stronger/more durable/longer-lasting u-joint would be the Spicer 5-760x. That's the u-joint Spicer developed at Jeep's request to be used on the Rubicons introduced back in 2003.
Where do they sell these, im fairly sure thats what it is. I didnt notice any dust when i looked earlier bit then again i wasnt looking for tht
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Just do a Google Search for Spicer 5-760x, they're widely available. Auto Parts stores typically stick with cheaper store brand u-joints so I wouldn't bother checking there. Driveshaft repair shops sometime carry the 5-760x axle shaft u-joint because they use a lot of Spicer u-joints for driveshafts.
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Unread 05-17-2015, 04:21 PM   #5
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I looked and i believe autozone has it. So thank you very much
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I looked and i believe autozone has it. So thank you very much
I tried buying Spicers from AutoZone and you would have thought I was speaking in an alien tongue, literally no one working in the store had ever heard of Spicer.

Their website drew a blank on the Spicer 5-760x when I just checked it...

http://www.autozone.com/searchresult...5-760x&x=0&y=0
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Unread 05-17-2015, 05:20 PM   #7
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We have 2 driveline places up here and many 4x4 shops. Nobody carries Spicer! They all seem to be pushing the Neapco ones.

Of course I needed parts right now. I'm running Precision joints in both my Jeep and my pickup. Seem to be good. Made in USA too. Have 60K on the 3 Neapco ones in my Jeeps front driveshaft and 60 K on the Precision ones next to its wheels.
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If you are near a CarQuest auto parts store, they carry the full line of Spicer joints
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Unread 05-18-2015, 07:02 AM   #9
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If it does the squeaking repeatedly only on turning the wheel, to confirm it is the u-joint, spray WD-40 on the u-joint to see if the noise goes away.
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