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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
 
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universals and a story!!!

So heres the deal, i have a 2000 supercrew 4x4 5.4l triton with 239.000 km on her and she goes like new, I plow with this truck as well and also do renovations landscaping and haul cars with her, Well my tranny filler tube had rotted out on me and a few months back she burst on me on the highway and almost all the fluid was pushed out since it broke just above the o-ring , i replaced the filler tube and have been driving the truck like normal for the last few months like it never happened
After this happened i had the truck in a tranny shop and they told me the whole tranny had been damaged and needed to be rebuilt, ( i expected this) They also told me my 2 rear universals were seized and needed to be replaced right away, 2 days ago i was towing home a 97 intrepid for a friend so i could fix the brakes on it, On the side of the highway my wife her friend and i seen a brand new 2011 dodge ram 1500 crew cab sitting on the shoulder with the driveshaft clean sheared off at the rear axle!!!!!!!!!!!
Now despite my own tranny and universal problems i couldnt help but think how could this happen to a brand new truck but yet here i am with a 10-11 year old truck with a trashed tranny and 2 seized universals .... why hadn't it failed? Ford tough or what? So long story short i thought i better do the universals today and i did, the tranny is getting all redone in october before plow season starts, My universals were in real bad shape and i still cant figure out why they havent broke after towing my 28 foot camper trailor, numerous cars ect........ the universals were missing the rubber seals.... all the needle bearings in 2 of them and also the end caps were all broke and missing pieces. Heres some pics!









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There's your answer right in the picture, steel drive shafts. Aluminum and fibreglass just don't make good drive shaft material.

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Looks like the grease worms have been at it..

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Now thats just sweet right there, I hope you put u-joints in that have grease fittings.

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Now thats just sweet right there, I hope you put u-joints in that have grease fittings.
Actually no i didnt...... the aftermarket units with the grease nipples dont last near as long as the oem part doe's ....... the oem parts have way better rubber sealing rings in them where as the after market 1's use a crappy seal that dont last half as long...... once you pump the grease in the aftermarket units the seal let loose to easy and the grease dont stay in there..... i didnt believe it myself untill i seen the difference in build quality..... my universals were the original 1's from the factory and i dont think 10 years is too bad before they had to be replaced


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If you get the aftermarket Spicer U-joints with nipples and grease every oil change, for me 4 times a year, you'll get lots of life out of them. 20 years out of a greaseable u-joint is not an unreasonable expectation.

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I put Percision Greaseable U joint's in my truck changed them all when I lifted it, I like them allot

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the main problem with using aftermarket greaseable joints is if you always go to a "quicky lube"place they won't get greased.


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If you get the aftermarket Spicer U-joints with nipples and grease every oil change, for me 4 times a year, you'll get lots of life out of them. 20 years out of a greaseable u-joint is not an unreasonable expectation.
20 years would be a blessing..... i expect my universals life to be cut in half due to the fact i plow with truck but i always keep up on maintainence aswell. I cant justify when people say to me its a work truck why bother? Really iritates me..... yes i do use it for work by why should i just take the dont care attitude on my truck, the truck makes me money big time so therefore its an asset i cant lose or abuse and let it go to chit!


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the main problem with using aftermarket greaseable joints is if you always go to a "quicky lube"place they won't get greased.
If your going to frequent such places, give your Ford to someone who cares and go buy a chevy.

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