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Unread 06-11-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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Uh oh, angry sparrow is on to me

Looks like my front ujoint is on it's way out. Now the question is, when do I HAVE to replace it.

Right now the chirping can only be heard at low speed, say around 20, with radio off. Does it become louder over time to give me some sort of indicator on needing replacing, or is it gona stay this way and just blow up one day?

What to do?

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Unread 06-11-2006, 04:19 PM   #2
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You need to change it ASAP. Waiting will cost a bundle if anything breaks.
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Unread 06-11-2006, 04:19 PM   #3
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Just remove the front driveshaft until you can afford to replace the u-joints. It's easily removed, just 8 u-joint strap bolts hold it in place.
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Any recommendations on what ujoint to use, or should I go to dealer for it?
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Any recommendations on what ujoint to use, or should I go to dealer for it?
Just a standard Spicer 1310 u-joint. Any driveshaft shop will have them and if you like, they will replace it for you MUCH cheaper than the dealer will.
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Just a standard Spicer 1310 u-joint. Any driveshaft shop will have them and if you like, they will replace it for you MUCH cheaper than the dealer will.
How difficult is it to replace for a novice mechanic? Also, would it be able to go for a month without problem? Because right now I don't have a place to do it, and will have to pay some shop to.
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How difficult is it to replace for a novice mechanic? Also, would it be able to go for a month without problem? Because right now I don't have a place to do it, and will have to pay some shop to.
While it's not difficult, it's not a job for a novice mechanic who doesn't have a place to work. You didn't clarify if the front u-joint is in the front or rear driveshaft but if it's in the front driveshaft, I would just unbolt and remove the front driveshaft for now.

If the bad front u-joint is in the rear driveshaft, you need to get it replaced asap because you sure don't want the u-joint coming unglued and the front of your driveshaft dropping to the road as you drive!
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Unread 06-11-2006, 06:56 PM   #9
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Right now I couldn't tell exactly which u joint is it, but sounds like the one connect front driveshaft to pinion. I read the writeup on stu's site, by jeeper, dosen't seem hard. Right now I don't have a place to work but in a month I will.

Although it seems like a pain in the *** to get the bolts that hold the shaft to the TC. (and I have no idea how will I able to get the bolt in there when putting it back on...)
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