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Harky
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 9:20 am    Post subject: CV Joint Question Reply with quote

Hello to all...I'm new to the forum.
Looks like there are some talented folks posting here, helping folks like me....

I have a 96 Country with 106K. I've had it for many years and it's been a pretty reliable ride. I use it mostly as a daily driver with some occasional mild off-road...nothing fancy as it's completely stock. I keep up regular maintenance and do almost all of the work myself. I like the car and I plan to keep it as long as nothing serious happens.

It developed an irritating squeak in the last week or so that I isolated to the front driveshaft CV joint. I dropped the front shaft so that I could continue to drive the car without risking some damage. (No squeak with the front shaft out...a 20 min job.)

The shaft U-Joints seem fine...no play or binding. The CV joint also seems fine...tight with no play or binding. There is no corrosion as this is an AZ car. I see an internal, sliding surface on the CV joint that is shiny, but I don't see any provision for greasing this surface.

Any suggestions??
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88WOWJ
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Location: Hinesville Ga

PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:33 pm    Post subject: CV joint question Reply with quote

Number one question is where are their CV shafts on an XJ??
If the shaft your talking about is the front axle from transfer to front diff.
the sqeak is most likely the ball between the two u joints, it just needs a little lube. You will need a needle grease fitting adpater for a grease gun.
I found that by removing the hole shaft and flexing in different directions
you can grease the ball between the joints.
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Harky
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 5:57 pm    Post subject: CV Joint Question Reply with quote

On my XJ, the CV is on the TC end of the front drive shaft.
It's off the car and on my work bench so that I can take a very close look at it.
It's a Dana-Spicer #1310 assy. There is no provision for greasing either the U-Joints or the CV ball. I did see a how-to article posted on a Bronco forum for servicing the CV, but it looked rather difficult as the ball joint complicates removal of the U-Joint caps and cross, etc. I'd rather not sign up for that wrestling match if it's not really necessary.

I think you are right...if can get some grease into the ball joint, it would extend its life...

Is the grease gun accessory you describe designed to get under the edges of the rubber seal?? or is it designed for a micro fitting.
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Tardis
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2006 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what part you're talking about. I have to service mine too. Here's a good write-up from stu-offroad. It'll give you an idea of what to do.
http://www.stu-offroad.com/axle/driveshaft/driveshaft-5.htm
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Harky
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 27, 2006 7:29 am    Post subject: Thanks Tardis!! Reply with quote

Stu's articles were very helpful.
I'll tackle the CV overhaul this weekend.
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