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JDW RT 09

U-joints? 2003 Ram

Metal grinding sounds inside the vehicle consistent with vehicle speed and occasional clunk after putting into gear. Haynes manual says U-Joints if there is any play or movement if trying to move them by hand. I have a little movement in the front u-joint and the book says any movement means considerable wear.

 

Anyone agree this is a u joint problem?

 

So is this a DIY job or I got a quote for $200 from a local shop?

 

$200 seems reasonable.

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Sounds like a definite possibility. They can cause a vibration even before they get play in them if they dry out. The front joint on the front driveshaft isn't hard to replace if you have a good vise or a press. The rear joints on the front shaft are coupled together and are a pain in the ass. Also check the joints on the front axle they go bad pretty easily as well.

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So I did this on my own. Never again.

 

Front and rear u-joints, extension housing oil seal, rear pinion seal. Man did it suck. If this is ever a problem again, its going to the shop. I'm out.

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Getting the old seals out, removing and installing the ujoints. Was just a pain in the ass. Went by the Haynes manual but doing it for the first time was still difficult. Even though I now know how, it's not worth the effort.

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