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On a 2004 Intrepid it does not have Universal Joints, you will have Constant Velocity Joints. If you have one that is rough and noisy it will either need to be rebuilt or replaced. It is usually cheaper to replace the whole half shaft assembly that is it to rebuild one CV joint, this is also much easier as the whole axle is fully assembled. You just have to pop out your worn out pieces and install new axle.

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