Disable 4wd rather that cut off u joints?

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Disable 4wd rather that cut off u joints?

Post by Skilfngr » Tue Apr 13, 2010 3:22 pm

got a 89 b2 2.9 manual. been told my front u joints are shot and that they need to be cut off due to the rust, chicago truck. horrible clanking noise when I drive, used to be only while i was coasting, now it is always. Seems to studder slightly up to 3rd gear, not really a lack of power. Is there a way to disable the front axle for the 4x4 or do I I have to change the u joints. the shop wants like $900+ and I dont have the tools and maybe the knowledge to do it myself. I have to drive out to WY, 1.4k mi in less than 3 weeks lol

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Re: Disable 4wd rather that cut off u joints?

Post by clem » Tue Apr 13, 2010 5:26 pm

It must have auto hubs, as in you don't have to get out to lock them type. $900.00 is way too high shop around or learn to do it yourself. You either got money or time, I mean you can pay somebody 'cause you don't have the time or you make the time to save the money. U-joints require simple tools and brute force, if you got a vise it helps. get yourself a hub socket like those pictured in the tools and fab section, just look up hub wrench. Good luck. -Jeff
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Re: Disable 4wd rather that cut off u joints?

Post by joeyy » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:02 am

How can i tell if my u-joints are shot? my bro thinks they r but hes not exactly the best mechanic in the world if u know what i mean....

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Re: Disable 4wd rather that cut off u joints?

Post by cajun66 » Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:23 pm

My front diff is missing several teeth on the ring gear. I just don't use 4WD intil I get it fixed. But I don't know if the late model is the same as my 85.
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