What Happens When A U-Joint Fails?

U-joint failure is a serious issue. When a u-joint on your vehicle fails, you could be left stranded on the side of the road. U-joint failure happens for a few different reasons:

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What Causes U-Joint Failure?

When a u-joint fails, it can cause a vehicle to lose control and leave the driver stranded. There are potentially many other undesirable consequences. This is why understanding what causes u-joint failure is important for safe driving.

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When Should U-Joints Be Replaced?

Under normal circumstances, u-joints last a long time. Some even last the lifetime of the vehicle. But sometimes a u-joint can fail unexpectedly. When that happens, you have to replace it ASAP. Neglecting to replace a failed u-joint will likely result in serious issues such as:

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Wheel Bearing Preload And Load Paths

When you replace a wheel bearing, sometimes you need to preload the new bearing. This video explains what it means to preload a wheel bearing and why it’s important to check the vehicle’s wheel alignment too:

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Should You Grease New U-Joints? What About Older U-Joints?

If you have u-joints in your vehicle, you may be wondering if you need to grease them every now and then. It depends on the type of u-joints your vehicle has. There are two kinds of u-joints: Permanently lubricated u-joints (with no grease zerk) Greaseable (with a grease zerk)

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Why Replace U-Joints?

Universal joints (also known as U-joints) are critical parts of the driveshaft. U-joints are usually fitted to the following vehicles:

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