Can I replace u-joints myself?
Replacing these joints is a fairly straightforward job, though it takes some prior experience. To begin, you’ll need a universal joint pressing tool. You can also take advantage of the loaner tools program at your local Advance Auto Parts store. Then follow these step-by-step instructions on how to change U joints.
Should Ujoints be replaced in pairs?
Quality Matters. If one of your u-joints has failed, the right replacement parts will make all the difference. It’s important to replace your u-joints in pairs, even if one of them seem like it is still good.
How often should you change your U-joints?
about 100K miles
U-joints allow the rear axle, which moves up and down, to receive power from the transmission, which is fixed in place. U-joints don’t last forever. They usually last about 100K miles. Like all car parts, U-joints develop wear and tear over time.
How often should you grease U-joints?
every 5,000 miles
Be sure to grease your u-joints every 5,000 miles (or as recommended by the manufacturer). They’ll likely last longer than permanently sealed u-joints.
How much does it cost to have a driveshaft made?
In most cases, a new drive shaft costs somewhere between $300 and $1300. Fortunately, it only takes about an hour to replace it. A repair usually costs much less, around $200 to $300 including parts and labor, but this also depends on how many parts need to be replaced.
How can you tell if your drive shaft is going bad?
Signs of a bad driveshaft/drivetrain
- Vibrations from under the vehicle. A common symptom of a failing driveshaft is an intense shaking coming from underneath the vehicle.
- Difficulty turning.
- Loud clunking noise.
- Car shudders upon acceleration.
- Squeaking noise.
- Clicking or knocking noise.
What happens if you dont grease U-joints?
The most common cause of U-Joint failure is to run it dry or degreased. Your periodic maintenance schedule should include greasing U-Joints to prevent joint failure. The goal of greasing universal joints is to keep a clean layer of grease around the needle bearings.