How to Diagnose and Replace Universal Joints (ULTIMATE Guide)

3 Kov 2018
3 247 811 Peržiūros

Universal joint replacement and U joint noise. Learn how to tell if your u joints are bad and how to replace u joints in this in-depth, how-to video that covers every aspect of u joint replacement! I show you the three symptoms of a bad u-joint, how to remove the driveshaft, and how to replace the universal joint with a press and a hammer.
Again, thanks Advance Auto Parts for providing all of those universal joints so I could make the video! Here is what I used:
High Strength U-Joints:
U-Joint Press:
U-Joint Grease:
Grease Gun:
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    Macho CamachoMacho CamachoPrieš 2 metus
    • This was well executed, I'm glad you did both harry home owner and shop tool versions of how to do everything. As well as your real world driving and sounds of bad and good. Unfortunately I was thinking mine was bad, as soon as you started driving excuding the sound of a diesel I would have sworn that sounds exactly like like truck. But knowing what I know now I'm not really mad about it and I will do mine this weekend. Good job and keep up the awesome videos!

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  • Damn, the retainer clips are sold separately as car parts??

    Felix RivasFelix RivasPrieš 3 dienas
  • Great video mate.

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    Gabila DarlingtonGabila DarlingtonPrieš 4 dienas

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  • Lakeside Toyota of Louisiana gave me a bad transmission and refused to, even in good faith,hook it up to a diagnostic machine. Bad business.

    Jimbo MorrisonJimbo MorrisonPrieš 7 dienų
  • Excellent video! The one thing I would mention is if anyone runs into a "staked-in" U-Joint like Ford F-150 or Nissan SUV and doesn't have the right tools, it will be a lot easier and more reliable to replace the driveshaft than to use spacers and retainer clips.

    Gabe HuntGabe HuntPrieš 8 dienų
  • I just found these videos and I am impressed. This guy is a great teacher. Clear and concise. Not only is he a great teacher and mechanic, but his videography skills and editing are first rate. Good Job Chris.

    That was InterestingThat was InterestingPrieš 9 dienų
    • Thanks a lot!!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 9 dienų
  • how many U-joint for my expedition1998 to the rear end?

    • Crawl under and take a look!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 12 dienų
  • Whats that headunit?

    Danik’s Auto DetailingDanik’s Auto DetailingPrieš 14 dienų
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  • Great video and great editing. Goodly done!

    Mike WayneMike WaynePrieš 15 dienų
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 15 dienų
  • is the greased based on PFOA?

    W MW MPrieš 17 dienų
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  • I know you might not see this but if you do I am a big fan and I am really into cars and you are my favorite LTworldsr

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    Chip WChip WPrieš 17 dienų
  • ok can we all just appreciate the fact that he masked out his wheel at 21:42 so that it "drives over" the video of the driveshaft

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    Shivansh SharmaShivansh SharmaPrieš 18 dienų
  • I wanna know which auto part store let's your rent tools for free because each one near my parts of Jersey charge me for the tool. luckily I get my money back when I return it but the chances of me having 200$ at that moment is slim lol

    Joshua RivasJoshua RivasPrieš 18 dienų
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  • Wow this was deff one of the best and detailed video ive seen👏🏻👏🏻. Thank you. Gracia

    LuisMaRod1981LuisMaRod1981Prieš 20 dienų
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    Danny DraperDanny DraperPrieš 20 dienų
  • Awesome bro Like the rapid fire gettin it done ...most vids put me to sleep ...YOU ROCK !

    Rand ARand APrieš 21 dieną
  • Thanks for producing a very professional informational video! I will be making this repair relatively soon on my 4WD Expedition!

    Jami NovaJami NovaPrieš 21 dieną
  • Thank you so much for this video!those squeeking sound have been hunting me for a few months now..finally!i can fix it.thanks

    I Am MaxwellI Am MaxwellPrieš 23 dienas
  • If you get the tires off the ground and put the vehicle in neutral it's easier to find a bad u-joint. When it's in park with the wheels on the ground the shaft has tension on it and it's hard to find any play.....been there before.

    WBlack75WBlack75Prieš 25 dienų
  • Where can I get such camera to diagnose my car?

    Atim 140Atim 140Prieš 26 dienų
  • Do you have a video how to replace rear axle U joints?

    Elliot BElliot BPrieš 27 dienų

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  • Chris, I've mentioned that I'm an Old Fart Mechanic! You just taught me something!! That trick of grinding a flat into the Grease Gun Tip is so COOL!!!!😎 I still love learning. I've been following, and a fan of your LTworlds Channel, for almost 6 years! Thanks for all that you do, and Merry Christmas!🎄❄ Carmine ✈🚂🚙

    PoorManRCPoorManRCPrieš 27 dienų
    • ...... And maybe disregard the comment I left this morning on your 7 year old Drum Brake Video. 😞 You don't want or need to know how bad we're doing... I'm sure you've got problems of your own.

      PoorManRCPoorManRCPrieš 27 dienų
  • I put a new u joint on my truck and made it a mile down the road and it blew the caps off why

    Tom StuckwishTom StuckwishPrieš 29 dienų
  • Wow, thanks man. Great job and all needed info to do s good safe job

    Lies PoliceLies PolicePrieš 29 dienų
  • thanks bud, awesome vid makes me think I can figure this out! cheers eh

    YaBoiRoyYaBoiRoyPrieš 29 dienų
  • Also @ChrisFix I wish you had shown the cup of water on the finished test drive for comparison but I'll take your word on the smoothness of the ride !

    Glittery DoryGlittery DoryPrieš mėn
  • Everyone wants to know how the cars are doing . But have we ever stopped to ask how Chris is doing ?

    Glittery DoryGlittery DoryPrieš mėn
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  • Alternate title: Pauly Shore fixes his driveshaft

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    James PurvisJames PurvisPrieš mėn
  • Best u joint video I have seen. Thanks!

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    • Thanks a lot!

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  • With a lift and tools, it took me 4 hours start to finish. Used a ball joint press to remove and set the caps. Rusty north eastern driveshaft. Used a punch with a pointed tip to remove the clips, tap. tap. tap. The original didn't seem bad but there was vibration and clunking. 30 bucks for front and back u-joint.

    Icarus WindjammerIcarus WindjammerPrieš mėn
  • I don't think I saw it mentioned, but when installing a UJ with a greasing nipple, orient the greasing nipple away from the flange and towards the driveshaft where there is more clearance for it, and access for attaching the greasegun...its a minor point, but not obvious, and when you are not watching for it, and get it wrong, you'll find that there is no access for greasing, and it might even foul on the flange, so everything must come back apart to allow this to be corrected...ask me how I know! Thanks for another informative video!

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    Nick BelkinNick BelkinPrieš mėn
  • I have a sound similar that starts at around 30-35 mph could it be the same thing? Need thoughts Asap

    Phillip HarrisonPhillip HarrisonPrieš mėn
  • What about a click or clunk? I’m unsure where exactly it’s coming from but it sounds like the rear. It’s been getting worse and worse. Louder and louder. I don’t have any vibrations. I hope it’s not my diff. I don’t baby my suburban. At all...

    Corey2baseCorey2basePrieš mėn
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    • Thanks a lot!

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    • I'm glad you pinpointed the issue, and the repair will be a lot easier than you think!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Thanks for your great video, my question is "is that really necessary to mark the drive shaft?" Because I guess that is balanced itself and no difference when you change the joints... Please let me know what you think. Thanks in advance!

    babak sabetianbabak sabetianPrieš mėn
    • Yes, there is a specific way that all goes together and you'll want to make sure it's in there correctly!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
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    David J C DemingDavid J C DemingPrieš mėn
    • Thanks a lot David!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Instead of a torch, can you use a heat gun to melt the plastic out of those U-joints?

    Vlad PierreVlad PierrePrieš mėn
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    Jeremy HarrisJeremy HarrisPrieš mėn
  • Best teacher on LTworlds

    Nosey MoseyNosey MoseyPrieš mėn
  • On the older style GM with the internal nylon, you do NOT need to heat the joint for removal. They are easily removed by resting the caps "not being removed" on the open jaws of a vice, striking below the cap journal that is being removed, and removing the caps in reverse, they pop out easily. I used to heat them up as well until a driveline shop showed me how to remove them in less than a minute.

    Garrett ReynoldsGarrett ReynoldsPrieš mėn
  • U forgot the u joint on the steering column :) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Beans VapesBeans VapesPrieš mėn
  • So i have a 2008 saab 9.3 if im doing 60mph and floor it sometimes it will shake the whole front any ideas what might be wrong i just got the car week ago. Help please

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  • Skip to 20:00 for Nissan/GM/etc plastic injected u joint fixtures from the factory.

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  • Another good video but every time he says it's just that easy, I wish it was.

    Bryan WayBryan WayPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • When I put the car in reverse and in drive it makes a clunking sound. And I have the first symptom and not the other 2. I got the car in 2011 and I never changed the gear oil since I got it

    Blue AngelBlue AngelPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Thank you chris for all the videos ,I'll been doing my replacement on my car for the last 3 years, and I've saving money.

    el coyote cojo del desiertoel coyote cojo del desiertoPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Looks intimidating when you look under the car and see the u joints needing to be replaced. But with your video it’s actually super easy to do it once you know! Thanks for another quality video!

    Cruz OrtizCruz OrtizPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Great job keep the videos coming 👍

    Terry SramekTerry SramekPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • New video out tomorrow! Stay tuned!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
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    Gabby SalinasGabby SalinasPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Nongreasable joints last longer atleast on dodges.

    PerusPerusPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey Chris! I came back from an alignment appointment a while ago but never got it. I have changed the control arm bushings, inner tie rods, and now I need the u joint at transfer case. Front driveline. Do you know which u joint I would need?

    M PM PPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • I have all these issues but I have a FWD 08 Accord sedan

    J MauricioJ MauricioPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • witch one will set better for my 2013 toyota tundra rwd

    Luis LeyvaLuis LeyvaPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • You just replaced an original factory installed heavy duty 5133X Dana non grease U joint with a lighter duty grease joint. Present new non grease joint has a white colored exterior seal that is improved to prevent aging and eventually failed seals.

    Joe BlowJoe BlowPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • He just called the propeller shaft the drive shaft. The drive shafts on that car r located at the back coming out of the rear diff

    Maheem HussainMaheem HussainPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Chris, you're a wonderful instructor. I particularly like the way you clearly explain how to do each step, and then repeat the explanation. That's a very effective teaching technique. Many thanks.

    Kar GuyKar GuyPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • My first time watching one of your video. You outdid yourself, very well done!

    Andrew ScottAndrew ScottPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Dude ! Mop it down with nickel anti- seize,

    Malcolm LindemannMalcolm LindemannPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • You didn’t put the markers in the transmission removal video where you have to pull the drive shaft. Does it make a big difference if I don’t put it back exactly? I already have it out.

    FlipFloddessFlipFloddessPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Hey Chris, thanks for the wonderful vid. I replaced my rear u joint in our old family truck, and she rides smoother and quieter. The squeaking has ceased, and I’m happy. Wouldn’t of had the confidence to try it without your help. Keep up the good work.

    H.D. AdamsH.D. AdamsPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • That's what I love to hear! Thanks a lot!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • would you like some drive shaft with that rust?

    insrtclevrnamehereinsrtclevrnameherePrieš 2 mėnesius
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    Schrauber ErmelSchrauber ErmelPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Much appreciated man!! Your videos are straightforward and contain a lot of info. Thank you for doing this! I have a 2009 Tacoma Prerunner, but your videos are always relevant in some capacity. Camera angles are on point and the narration is top notch. Keep it up!

    Justin NeputeJustin NeputePrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Did he say it could be a bad das boot?

    Mc- DevMc- DevPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Would my steering wheel shaking when i brake from high speeds be an indication of a bad ujoint?

    AlbertsaurusXAlbertsaurusXPrieš 2 mėnesius
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    Mohammed KratosMohammed KratosPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Great explanation of U/Js gone bad. You would be great at explaining anything if you had info. Great pitch and tone.

    Robert HeaneyRobert HeaneyPrieš 2 mėnesius
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    Sw JSw JPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Some U-Joints will need heat and an air impact. Especially those that are high mileage or aged. I removed a U-Joint on a 20 year old GM. Even with Heat and a good impact, it was a PITA. In those instances, it's worth looking into a shop press, or somebody with one.

    Walter WhiteWalter WhitePrieš 2 mėnesius