U-Joints for a Pickup


How much does it cost to replace U-joints on a truck?

The u-joint replacement cost is estimated between $225 and $300. Labor makes up about $100 to $125, while the parts should be between $125 and $200. However, these prices vary based on what make and model vehicle you drive.

Can you drive a truck with a broken u-joint?

Typically, a damaged U-joint will cause the car to break down after several hundred miles. The problem may arise when you have a bad U-joint and transmission fluid is leaking. Driving with a bad shaft is a risky job, and you can hurt yourself and the person sitting inside the car severely.

What does the u-joint do on a truck?

Rear-wheel-drive vehicles have universal joints (or U-joints) at both ends of the drive shaft. U-joints connect to yokes that also allow drive shafts to move fore and aft as vehicles go over bumps or dips in the road, which effectively shortens or lengthens the shaft.

What U-joints are better Greasable or non Greasable?

Bottom line on strength: The non-greaseable joint is slightly stronger than a greaseable joint. The exact number, how much stronger, is unknown and we do not believe it to be very significant. Bottom line on wear life: A regularly greased greaseable joint will outlive a non-greaseable joint.

Are u-joints hard to replace?

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.

How long does it take to change u-joints?

On a typical labor book, a U-joint replacement is one or two labor hours, meaning that a $25 part can cost substantially more once someone else installs it for you and charges around $100/hour.

What happens if a u-joint fails while driving?

A car with a faulty U-joint will not run for long. Coupled with transmission fluid leakage, a broken U-joint can cause damage to the driveshaft, brake line, transmission line, and many other parts of the vehicle.

What does a failing u-joint sound like?

Common signs of a faulty u-joint include a squeaking noise, clunking sound when shifting, vibrations in the car, and transmission fluid leaking.

Should I replace both u-joints?

So when you need to replace a u-joint, always replace the other one too. If you don’t, the other one will fail sooner or later. The failure of that u-joint will cause damage to the new u-joint (that replaced the first one). It’s always better to replace both u-joints at once.

How often should you grease u-joints?

In most cases, you have to grease your u-joints every 5,000 miles or so. When you fail to service your u-joints on a regular basis, they will fail. You don’t have to worry about this problem with maintenance free u-joints. Misalignment: This happens when you change the vehicle’s ride height.

Is MOOG better than Spicer?

Frankly, there’s a very simple answer: If you drive a Jeep, I recommend you to go for Spicer joints. This specific U joint is the absolute best replacement part you can get for virtually all Jeep models. For most other vehicles – and especially light trucks or commuter cars, MOOG are an affordable and optimal solution.

Are MOOG u-joints pre greased?

NOTE: The u-joint must be greased prior to installation. There is only enough grease in a new MOOG u-joint to keep the needles in place during assembly, which is not sufficient for operational lubrication.

What size u joint do I have?

For most cars, 1310-series U-joints are typical choice, but for performance applications, the rugged 1350-series joints are the better choice. The larger the series number, the larger the trunnion.



U-Joint Sizes.

Series Width Cap Diameter
1350 3.622″ 1.188″
1410 4.188″ 1.188″
1415 4.178″ 1.187″
1480 4.187″ 1.375″

Can you put too much grease in a ball joint?

DO NOT CONTINUE GREASING ONCE YOU SEE THE BOOT SWELL. The seal that holds that grease in the ball joint can be compromised if too much pressure is applied. If this happens you will be replacing that part sooner than later.

Is Moly grease good for u-joints?

Moly grease has been successfully used in U-joints for scores of years in automotive and heavy-equipment service, and as Valvoline stated on the tube of moly grease, is an ideal lubricant for U-joints.

Is lithium grease good for U-joints?

The best type of grease to use on U-Joints is MOLY grease. This grease is certified for this purpose. You can also use lithium-based EP NLGI 2 Grease, which is of high quality. This grease is also water-resistant and prevents the joints from corrosion and rust.

Does Lucas Xtra Heavy Duty grease have moly?

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