How To: Change front driveshaft / change a driveshaft head

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  1. jrsavoie

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    I barrows the pic from the original post, but it's the bolts shown here.

    Oh, and it was nice clean looking oil. Not nasty black junk.
     
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    I'm guessing you had nice clean grease in your joint. I don't see how gear oil from your front differential could get in there
     
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    Is there SUPPOSED to be oil in there? I thought it would be grease like you put into the rear cv joint.
     
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    There should not be oil. It should be grease. Is there a possibility it separated?
     
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    That what separated? The grease itself? It was mostly clear with a little brown tint (best description I got). Looked like the gear oil in the diff. Smells like it too.
     
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    I'm having trouble finding a good breakdown that shows it with the cv joint instead of a U joint. Is there much to replacing it?
     
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    Was the boot torn? Maybe it was water that mixed with the grease and gunk a little.
     
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    No, I looked for that, but it looked fine.
     
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    Thanks to everyone who tried to help out. I finally had time to search through the forum some, and apparently it happens a lot. Several people have posted about the same thing.

    But most of them said it was only about 1-2 tablespoons worth of oil, and that once they dried it out, they drove around a bit without the drive shaft, and it never even got wet again.

    So, I dropped the shaft, dried it out, swapped the rear cv joint, then rechecked, and it was still dry.

    Uss2defiant, some others had said the same thing you did.
     
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    There is most times a very small amount, nothing to worry about
     
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    Alright, thanks.
     
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    okay so i did this a year ago and it took me an hour if that....needs it again and i cant get the driveshaft to rotate...what am i missing ? i feel dumb. tried in 2w and 4w and N
     
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    Got the front end up on stands?
     
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    1 tire has to be off the ground.
     
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    Cant get new boot over splines

    I cant seem to slide the new boot on as simply as the post seemed to make it. Any tips?
     
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    Little grease? Should just slide on.
     
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    What kind of grease is that? Is it something I can buy a tube of for a grease gun?

    Is it good for other applications?

    I use a lot of grease.
     
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    day off, changing the transfer case side for the second time in a year... this time it doesnt want to seat into the transfer case. didnt have this problem last time, should i just tap it in or is something not right ?

    so i lightly tapped it in with a hammer, tightened down the bolts and went for a drive in 4wd....clunk clunk clunk. Good thing we are only getting about 10 inches tonight
     
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    Interesting... Been seeing recent posts of this issue. Are your replacement parts comparable to the old parts? Also did you seat the ball joint part on the spine correctly?