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Hi When should I change joint links (bushes that hold dumpers) in the yoke of r1200gsa? Any test that can tell that they must be changed? Thanks, Alex

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Vehicle shakes at 60 mph all wheels and struts replaced


Hello, Are the tires and wheels balanced? If they are balanced then check the drive shaft. This drive shaft transfer the power from the engine/auto transmission to the rear differential/rear wheel.
Now, on each end of the drive shaft is a flexible yoke, this splined yoke has a U-joint with four bearing cups. Two of the bearing cup is attached to the splined yoke and two are attached to the drive shaft. Now, on the rear differential end is a yoke but it has 4 bolts and nuts, it also will have a U-joint attached to the 4 bolted yoke and to other bearing cups attach to drive shaft. U-Joint is called "Universal Joint" Each U-joint has about 10 degree circular travel without any type of binding to the U-joints or the drive shaft.



Two things here. First, take a pry bar and wedge into the U-Joint and move the bar forwards, backwards, up and down. If the drive shafts moves in any direction and clanks. The u-joints need to be replaced and I would replace both of the U-joints. Secondly, if the U-joints aren't loose, then there is a good possibility that the drive shaft is out of balance. In other words, it has lost it small welded plats on the drive shaft and when you are drive you Chrysler the drive shaft is vibrating.



To replace the U-Joints and/or balance the drive shaft. You'll need to remove those 4 bolts and nuts on the differential yoke. Once the bolts are removed then push the drive shaft forward, it will slide forward. Now, under the transmission yoke place a pan/bucket/container to catch the transmission fluid that will drain out once the drive shaft is pull free from the transmission.



If you don't have a press, vise, brass 5 lb hammer, bushing, punches, then I would tackle this job of replacing these U-Joints. Without the proper tools, one can damage the U-joint yokes and the drive shaft. I wouldn't do this without the tools and experience. I use a cutting torch but I have been do it for 50+ years.



If the drive shaft is out of balance, then you will need to take to Drive Line Specialty Shop to have it balanced. Also, have them replace the U-Joints. They have all equipment to do this job. I wish you luck in your endeavor. GB....stewbison

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Hi im tray ing to put me self a universal joing for de drive shaff cant u send me how to doit


  • Lift the rear end of the Explorer with a floor jack. Place jack stands underneath the rear axle, by the leaf spring perches and lower the Explorer onto the stands. Pull the floor jack out of the way. mark both ends of the shaft for reinstalation.

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    Crawl under the rear end and unbolt the universal joint retaining straps from the rear differential yoke.

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    Pull the drive shaft and universal joint away from the rear differential yoke by hand.

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    Remove the retaining rings that hold the universal joint into the drive shaft with needle-nose pliers.

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    Support the end of the drive shaft on a jack stand and place the socket extension against the universal joint cap in the drive shaft yoke. Tap the socket extension with the dead blow hammer until the universal joint cap comes out of the yoke.

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    Clean the sockets in the drive shaft yoke with the tip of a pocket screwdriver to remove any built up road dirt or other gunk.

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    Remove two of the caps from the opposite ends of the replacement universal joint. Be careful to keep the bearings in the caps.

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    Position the replacement universal joint in the drive shaft yoke and put the cap on the outside. Use the socket extension and dead blow hammer to tap the cap through the yoke far enough to expose the retaining ring groove. Put the retaining ring on that side with the needle-nose pliers. Repeat this for the other cap.

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    Move the drive shaft back up to the differential yoke, line up the new universal joint with the differential yoke and reinstall the universal joint retaining straps with the wrench. Lower the rear end off the jack stands with the floor jack.

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    Noise while loaded is different and can come from a bad internal shaft bushing in the transmission, a cracked flywheel or possibly a bad main or rod bearing.
    Since you removed the transfer case, I'll assume you checked the universal joints for binding and excess play so that should be a non-issue. I'd also check front axle joints as well just to make sure there is nothing going on up there (sounds often travel, which is why looking is better than listening)

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    Universal Joint: Service and Repair
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    - J 9522-3 U Joint Bearing Separator
    - J 9522-5 U Joint Bearing Spacer Remover
    Disassembly Procedure
    Notice: Never clamp propeller shaft tubing in a vise. Clamping could dent or deform the tube causing an imbalance or unsafe condition. Always
    clamp on one of the yokes and support the shaft horizontally. Avoid damaging the slip yoke sealing surface. Nicks may damage the bushing or cut
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    2. Mark the propeller shaft as to which end is the transmission end and which end goes to the rear axle.
    3. Place the universal joint so that the lower ear of the yoke is supported on a 30 mm (1 1/8 inch) socket.
    4. In order to shear the plastic retaining ring on the bearing cup, place J 9522-3 on the open horizontal bearing cups. Press the lower bearing cup out
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    5. If you do not completely remove the bearing cup, lift the cross and insert J 9522-5 between the seal and the bearing cup you are removing.
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    6. Rotate the propeller shaft. Press the opposite bearing cup out of the yoke.
    7. Mark the orientation of the slip yoke to the tube for proper reassembly.
    8. Remove the cross from the yoke.
    9. Remove the remaining universal joint parts from the yoke. If you are replacing the front universal joint, remove the bearing cups in the slip yoke
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    10. Inspect the retaining ring grooves for plastic.
    11. Inspect the bearing cup bores in the yoke ears for burrs or imperfections.
    12. Clean the remains of the sheared plastic bearing retainers from the grooves in the yoke.
    13. The sheared plastic may prevent the bearing cups from pressing into place and thus prevent the bearing retainers from properly seating.
    Assembly Procedure
    1. Remove the bearing cups from the universal joint.
    2. Assemble 1 bearing cup part way into 1 side of the yoke.
    3. Turn the yoke ear toward the bottom.
    4. Assemble the cross into the yoke so the trunnion seats freely into the bearing cup.
    5. With the trunnion seated in the bearing cup, press the bearing cup into the yoke until the bearing cup is flush with the yoke ear.
    6. Assemble the opposite bearing cup part way into the yoke ear.
    7. Ensure that the trunnions start straight and true into both bearing cups.
    8. Press the opposite bearing cup into the yoke ear while working the cross all the time in order to inspect for a free unbinding movement of the
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    10. Assemble the bearing retainer in the retainer groove.
    11. Continue pressing until you can snap both retainers into place.
    12. If seating the retainer is difficult, spring the yoke slightly with a firm blow from a dead blow hammer.
    13. It may be necessary to lubricate the snap ring with a slight amount of chassis grease so the snap ring seats in the bearing cup groove.



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    1. Support the propeller shaft in a line horizontal with the table of a press.
    2. Mark the propeller shaft in order to show which end connects to the transmission and which end goes to the rear axle.
    3. Disassemble the snap rings by pinching the ends together with a pair of pliers.
    4. If the ring does not readily snap out of the groove in the yoke, tap the end of the cup lightly in order to relieve the pressure from the ring.
    5. Place the universal joint so that the lower ear of the yoke is supported on a 30 mm (1-1/8 inch) hex head socket or a 27 mm (1-1/16 inch) socket.
    6. Place J 9522-3 on the open horizontal bearing cups. Press the lower bearing cup out of the yoke ear.
    7. If you do not completely remove the bearing cup, lift the cross and insert J 9522-5 between the seal and the bearing cup you are removing.
    Continue pressing the bearing cup out of the yoke.
    8. Rotate the propeller shaft. Press the opposite bearing cup out of the yoke.
    9. Mark the orientation of the slip yoke to the tube for proper reassembly.
    10. Remove the cross from the yoke.
    11. Remove the remaining universal joint parts from the yoke.
    12. If you are replacing the front universal joint, remove the bearing cups in the slip yoke in the same manner.
    13. Inspect the retaining ring grooves for dirt, corrosion, or pieces of the old ring.
    14. Inspect the bearing cup bores for burrs or imperfections.
    15. Clean the retaining ring grooves. Corrosion, dirt, rust, or pieces of the old retaining ring may prevent the bearing cups from pressing into place o
    prevent the bearing retainers from properly seating.
    Assembly Procedure
    1. Remove the bearing cups from the universal joint.
    2. Assemble 1 bearing cup part way into 1 side of the yoke. Turn the yoke ear toward the bottom.
    3. Assemble the cross into the yoke so that the trunnion seats freely into the bearing cup.
    4. With the trunnion seated in the bearing cup, press the bearing cup into the yoke until the bearing cup is flush with the yoke ear.
    5. Install the opposite bearing cup part way into the yoke ear.
    6. Ensure that the trunnions start straight and true into both bearing cups.
    7. Press the opposite bearing cup into the yoke ear while working the cross all the time in order to inspect for free unbinding movement of the
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    8. Press the bearing cup into the yoke until the bearing cup retainer groove is visible over the top of the bearing cup.
    9. Assemble the bearing retainer in the retainer groove.
    10. Continue pressing until both retainers can be snapped into place.
    11. If the retainer is difficult to seat, the yoke can be sprung slightly with a firm blow from a dead blow hammer.
    12. It may be necessary to lubricate the snap ring with a slight amount of chassis grease so that the snap ring seats in the bearing cup groove.

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