I replaced mine, but the old ones were like new, and much better
made than the Japanese replacements I got.
(The Jaguar ones are REAL expensive!!)
Since my car had about 90,000 miles on it, and they looked brand new
inside, I suspect yours was damaged, defective, or not greased.
Same goes for the drive shaft U joints…although the original Jaguar
ones on my car don’t have grease fittings, the new replacements do.
It is a real good idea to grease these things and keep them in shape,
as they cost about $120.00 each…2 per axle, thats 4, for a total
The aftermarket ones are $30.00 and probably worth half that much.
Buy an after market U joint, but use car removing the original…
maybe you can grease it up.
You remove the axle…wheel off, large nut holding spindle on
comes off, bearing puller to pull axle out of hub(splines have
locktite on them, unless it was apart before), then 4 nuts hold axle
to differential output flange.
Remove clips holding offensive U joint bearing cups in.
Take axle down to vice, and first soak in penetrating oil for a while.
(to save original U joint)
Using your collection of sockets, push bearing cups out enough to
get BIG vice grips on the cups to twist them out.
On my car, some came out ok, others were ruined as they were in so
Old U joints had a holder for the rollers, the new ones did not, and
kept falling into the bottom of the cup…almost worth the extra
cost in aggravation to get the OEM ones.
Grease and check rear wheel bearings, as you have it apart anyway…
Test play in bearings with axle disconnected from differential.
…Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 09:14:36 -0500
From: Tom Jankovsky TJankovs@fnal.gov
Subject: [modern] Mouse in wheel!
To: jag-list email@example.com
It sounds like there is a mouse squeaking in my left rear wheel! Upon
inspection I realized that the sound was coming from the universal joint.
There is no play apparent so I went to a local service station and told them
to greese the fitting. They said the joint was not taking the greese and
was bad. I will replace it since it is around $30.00 and will probably
start wobbling soon. How difficult is the process? Any pointers? I did
the front bearing with no problems, but this looks a little more
challenging. Are these supposed to go out at 74KMI?