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    I was wondering if I could scatch yours brains for a minute. I have a 2004 DBL Cab LTD tundra with 102K on it. I love the truck and it still looks new. I have had the upper and lower radiator hoses replaced, new OEM water pump, New timing belt, all new shocks and struts and was looking forward to a mainteance free 50K at least......Then I had to replace a front bearing and lately I have been hearing hearing a sqeak towards the rear of my truck when just rolling down the road. I took it to my mechanic to see what was going on thinking it was another bearing going out. I was told my universal joint was at the stages of going out. He had said its a 4 pcs uni that these toyotas have been known for acting up. Has anyone heard of these issues with the Uni's? How much should it run money wise? With my truck paid off and still looking new I would hate to get into another payment, but I don't want this thing nickle and diming me either. Any info would be appreciated.

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    I have an 05 DC 2wd. I noticed a squeak at idle speed, then it developed a vibration, then "thump" from R to D with the brake on, it took the "thump" for me to finally realize it was only a universal joint. There are many other threads on here that made me think it was something bigger and more expensive. I went to Auto Zone and bought a new u joint for $14.00. It was the rear one, 2 of the caps across from each other had lost all of the needle bearings. With a vice, torch, and a buddy I got it changed. No more problems so far!

    These u joints are sealed, you don't have to grease them, they will never go bad! Thanks Toyota!
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    My '04 4wd has a bunch of zerks. I break out the grease gun often enough to hopefully prevent joint issues. But, its mechanical and won't last forever.

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    Every u-joint on my 2000 4wd has a grease fitting on it. I take a grease gun to the truck with every oil change.

    Showing my age here, but back in "my day", most all u-joints and steering componets had grease fittings. It was the norm to do a lube job with every oil change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brando View Post
    These u joints are sealed, you don't have to grease them, they will never go bad! Thanks Toyota!
    Are you referring to the Toyota universal joint or the aftermarket one you bought from Autozone? My 2004 has zerks on every single universal joint.

    Quote Originally Posted by deadrx7conv View Post
    My '04 4wd has a bunch of zerks. I break out the grease gun often enough to hopefully prevent joint issues. But, its mechanical and won't last forever.
    Agreed

    Quote Originally Posted by M&M View Post
    Every u-joint on my 2000 4wd has a grease fitting on it. I take a grease gun to the truck with every oil change.

    Showing my age here, but back in "my day", most all u-joints and steering componets had grease fittings. It was the norm to do a lube job with every oil change.

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    On my 06DC I lost my rear U-joint. It was $64 from toyota or $14 from Oreilly or Napa. The main difference is the one from Napa or Oreilly's will have a grease zerk. (which I prefer) Now everytime I change the oil I grease my one ujoint that requires it.
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    Ok, not to hi-jack or anything, but my '04 has grease fittings on all the u-joints and the slip joints on the front and rear shafts.

    Did 'Yota stop putting grease fittings on the u-joints in 2005 or something? (If so, maybe it was the fail-safe for when the throttles would stick wide open or someting! )
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    I think the 4WD has zerks (8 of them) and the 2WD does not. Maybe some of the 2WD owners can chime in and confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunawayTundra View Post
    I think the 4WD has zerks (8 of them) and the 2WD does not. Maybe some of the 2WD owners can chime in and confirm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RunawayTundra View Post
    I think the 4WD has zerks (8 of them) and the 2WD does not. Maybe some of the 2WD owners can chime in and confirm.
    My 2wd 04 does NOT have any zerks.

    When they start acting up I'll replace the joints with ones that do have them.

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    Default Re: Universal Joint......

    i was getting a thunk that i THOUGHT was the leaf springs or axle wrap when starting from a stop for a year now. last weekend i greased all my fittings and the slip yoke (who comes up with these names?) fitting took 15-20 pumps before it moved. i'd been putting grease in every 2-3 months and thought i'd been filling it. apparently not. now the thunk is gone.

    BTW, i don't mean the thunk when you stop and it feels like someone tapped the rear bumper. it was pulling away from the stop...... pump the grease!
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