When you take your 4X4 off-road, your front axle universal joint is an essential part of providing the power you need for your adventure. If you hear a clunk followed by a ringing noise when shifting into reverse, or squeaking when going backward and forward, that's a sure sign that you need to replace the u-joint. A fluid leak from the rear of the transmission or steady vibration when moving also point to u-joint trouble. If you're experiencing any of these problems, you can count on 4WheelParts.com's wide inventory of universal joints for your make and model, including quality Dana Spicer front axle u-joints.
How to Tell If Your U-Joint Needs Replacing
In order to smoothly transfer power, the u-joint compensates for the difference in height between the transmission and the rear axle. The bearing components are greased at the factory, but with use, this lubrication may evaporate, causing the metal parts to grind against each other. When this happens, you'll hear a squeaking sound when the parts begin to make contact. When shifting into reverse, you'll start to hear a "clunk" as the bearings wear out, as there is more clearance, allowing the driveshaft to come to a hard stop. When you feel a constant vibration while driving, this means that the driveshaft is moving out of its correct path due to the u-joint being badly worn. If any of these are happening, it's time for a new universal joint. Check out 4 Wheel Parts' huge selection of u-joints from major manufacturers like Dana Spicer.
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If you're in the market for a new front axle u-joint, you can rest assured you'll find it at 4WheelParts.com. Get what you need quickly and easily online, or call our tech line for expert advice. With our huge inventory of premium parts, price-match guarantee and free shipping on orders over $75, you can buy with confidence that you'll get the best deal available.Helpful Drivetrain & Differential Articles
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