1. Registration trouble? Please use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom right corner of the page and your issue will be resolved.
    Dismiss Notice

Importance Of Painting

Discussion in 'Flat Fender Tech' started by garage gnome, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Apr 19, 2019
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher Sponsor

    Western MA
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,927
    Today I was glad I had painted the axle U joints on my D30 in Ted. I noticed a few days ago that the driver's side axle U joint was a shade of brown resembling rust. After taking the axle apart, I was glad I did. This could have been bad on the trail! I had rebuilt this axle maybe 5 years ago, so I would have never thought about a U joint going bad.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Apr 19, 2019
    PeteL

    PeteL Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Hills of NH
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2003
    Messages:
    6,266
    Really? I've replaced many u-joints. Do you grease them often?
     
  3. Apr 19, 2019
    duffer

    duffer Rodent Power Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    Bozeman, MT
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,464
    No zerc in that Nate?
     
  4. Apr 19, 2019
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher Sponsor

    Western MA
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,927
    I meant that in 5 years, I never thought a U joint would go bad in something that isn't used everyday.

    No grease fittings on the axle shaft U joints. The driveshafts do.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2019
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

    Apopka, Fl
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2002
    Messages:
    8,635
    Makes me think that came from the factory not lubricated.
     
  6. Apr 19, 2019
    wheelie

    wheelie beeg dummy Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    York, PA
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2004
    Messages:
    3,510
    Yea. That seems a bit odd. The non-serviceable or non greasable ones on the front of a modern Dana 30 usually last a lot longer than 5 years and thats daily driving. Was it a name brand part of a cheapo?
     
  7. Apr 19, 2019
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

    Apopka, Fl
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2002
    Messages:
    8,635
    3 out of 4 have grease and look fine. I don't think it's a "not lasting" issue. :)
     
  8. Apr 20, 2019
    45es

    45es Sponsor Sponsor

    Naches, WA
    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Messages:
    543
  9. Apr 20, 2019
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher Sponsor

    Western MA
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,927
    I would have used moog or spicer on my jeep. I don't buy duralast junk.
     
    wheelie likes this.
  10. Apr 20, 2019
    wheelie

    wheelie beeg dummy Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

    York, PA
    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2004
    Messages:
    3,510
    I suspected as much, Nate. But sometimes, in a pinch, we have to use inferior parts to get going again.

    I'm with ya Glenn. Maybe the rubber seal was bad or went missing somehow.

    I'm not crazy about Moog parts anymore. The unit bearings I put on wife's Cherokee were Moog.......because no one close on Sunday afternoon had any Timkens left..................and I one of them doesn't feel right. I don't hear anything from it but above 45-50 it just feels funky.

    Edit: Let me rephrase line 2.........instead of making any type of assumption.......Nate, was the rubber seal still there and in good condition?
     
  11. Apr 20, 2019
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

    Apopka, Fl
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2002
    Messages:
    8,635
    That means the u-joints came in the axle you bought?
     
  12. Apr 20, 2019
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher Sponsor

    Western MA
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,927
    No I had rebuilt it like 5 years ago.
     
  13. Apr 20, 2019
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

    Apopka, Fl
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2002
    Messages:
    8,635
    I guess I misunderstood your comment, I took it to mean the u-joints came with it.
     
  14. Apr 20, 2019
    jeep2003

    jeep2003 Active Member

    Vestal NY
    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    1,436
    Alot of sealed wheel bearings iv seen dont come with but a smear of grease in them. You really need to pick out a seal and pack them if you want them to last.
     
  15. Apr 21, 2019
    Glenn

    Glenn Kinda grumpy old man Staff Member Sponsor

    Apopka, Fl
    Joined:
    Sep 21, 2002
    Messages:
    8,635
    That's for sure. It's just weird about that one, 3 were fine, other one not so.
     
  16. Apr 21, 2019
    garage gnome

    garage gnome Rust polisher Sponsor

    Western MA
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2009
    Messages:
    1,927
    I was there and seemed to be fine but I'll look at it again.
     
  17. Apr 21, 2019
    mortten

    mortten I can’t put my finger on it

    Peninsula, Ohio
    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    1,224
    I always pack new joints before putting them in. Learned that from a driveline guy 40 years ago. He said “Don’t trust anybody”.
     

Share This Page

New Posts