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Replacing U-Joints

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BigD20, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. Mar 10, 2010 at 3:50 AM
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    Hey guys..so I have this squeak under my truck and I'm guessing it's either the U-joints or the center support bearing. Since the U joints are fairly easy to replace I'm going to go ahead and do that and see if it takes care of the problem. This will be my first time attempting to replace my U joints..is there anything special I should know? I know I need to mark the position of the drive shaft and yoke. Anything else? Thanks
     
  2. Mar 10, 2010 at 4:06 AM
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    Have you lubricated the U-joints lately? That alone might get rid of the squeek.
     
  3. Mar 10, 2010 at 5:00 AM
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    Yes I have lubricated them and the squeak is still there..so I'm going to see if replacing the U joints will take care of the problem
     
  4. Mar 10, 2010 at 6:12 AM
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    are there any certain torque specs that the bolts that connect the drive shaft to the differential need to be?
     
  5. Mar 10, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    Have you checked U joints for play or movement by grabbing the driveshaft at the point of connection (front & rear) & check for side to side movement ?
     
  6. Mar 11, 2010 at 1:49 AM
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    X2 You can usually check your U-Joints by twisting the driveshaft and feeling how much "play" is in them. If it feels loose they should probably be replaced. If everything feels tight, then you have another problem to look at. Start by greasing every grease zerk you can find...
     
  7. Mar 11, 2010 at 3:19 AM
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    I fixed the squeak. It was the rear U joint on the rear drive shaft. It was squeaking like crazy. Glad I put on end to that! Thanks for all the advice!
     
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