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nikko7mge



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:35 am    Post subject: Possible bad u-joint? Reply with quote

I have an 05 LE 2WD. When backing up, I can hear the rear u-joint squeak. I have vibration on acceleration above 40 MPH. Can the u-joint be bad, even though there is no play/movement when checked at the driveshaft?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Possible bad u-joint? Reply with quote

nikko7mge wrote:
I have an 05 LE 2WD. When backing up, I can hear the rear u-joint squeak. I have vibration on acceleration above 40 MPH. Can the u-joint be bad, even though there is no play/movement when checked at the driveshaft?


Yes, it can be that there is not enough grease inside the joints and the bearings are rusty, but have not broken, yet, which would create the play in the joint. U-joint failure is not uncommon on the R51. The OE joints are Spicer, which you can get on the aftermarket with or without grease fittings. Moog is very popular and also has the grease fitting options.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. Turns out that's what is was. A few hours and a sore back later, it's running smooth again.
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