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Old 01-13-2010, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 1310 cv shaft on the rear of my jeep. the shaft is about 6 mo old and it ate the centering ball out of the d/s and the ujoints are good. the jeep is a yj with a 4.0,t18,d300 1.5 re spring over springs. has any body else had a problem like this.
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Old 01-13-2010, 01:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Same thing just happened with my TW at 8 mos. Call them up, they may be able to help you.

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X2...Call up TW and talk with them. Pretty stand up company with the experience I've had.
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Old 01-13-2010, 05:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have had and seen this happen. The problem I have seen is
either the operator has failed to grease the CV joint or it came from TW's
without grease in the CV joint. As a rule when you by a new drive shaft, be
sure to grease it before you install it.
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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yea this happened to me also after a few months. i got it fixed locally worked for a while, then went out on my, then it went out on me again after 5k miles..... sucks! but i believe it is an opperator error. i have a belly up and a 4" lift with no limiting straps. i guess the driveshaft bottoms out all the time when offroading and at high speedy or something.. but now im putting a little tcase drop on, getting limiting straps, and making sure i grease it everything i get my oil changed.
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Angle is key for CV-shafts - they are more sensitive than standard shafts...

The ball is what pretty much absorbs the vibration of a bad angle...check your angles with an actual angle finder...if you have a 4-link out back there shouldn't be any axle wrap. if you have leafs out back you may have more axle wrap than you think, too. I know I did...
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Make sure to grease the needle fitting that is the hardest to find -that's the one that hit's the ball- Jess
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Make sure to grease the needle fitting that is the hardest to find -that's the one that hit's the ball- Jess
I have so much trouble greasing those needle fittings...is it just better to drop the shaft from the tcase to get to it?
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i have a 1310 cv shaft on the rear of my jeep. the shaft is about 6 mo old and it ate the centering ball out of the d/s and the ujoints are good. the jeep is a yj with a 4.0,t18,d300 1.5 re spring over springs. has any body else had a problem like this.
I just sent mine back to TW to get rebuilt. The shaft side joint in the CV was going after 10,000 miles (4 months). Center ball seemed okay. The plan is to rebuild the CV, rebalance, and return ship it to me in a day or so. So far I'm pretty happy with the service.

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I have so much trouble greasing those needle fittings...is it just better to drop the shaft from the tcase to get to it?
Yes. Thats exactly what I do every few months.
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Just got Tom Woods shafts this week. I've bought from him before because of his reputation and good quality. I did receive with this shipment a grease nozzle to fit on the end of my grease gun to gain better access to the CV joint. He sent that free along with a hat.
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Just got Tom Woods shafts this week. I've bought from him before because of his reputation and good quality. I did receive with this shipment a grease nozzle to fit on the end of my grease gun to gain better access to the CV joint. He sent that free along with a hat.
Brian Peppers, by grease nozzle do you mean needle fitting? And WTF, I bought two shafts from him and never got a hat
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Brian Peppers, by grease nozzle do you mean needle fitting? And WTF, I bought two shafts from him and never got a hat
Or a free fitting.

I just ordered one from Woody's Auto Supply today though since next time I change my oil will be time for me to grease the centerball.
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I can't seem to keep any grease in the center ball. I'll grease it go to town or for a short wheeling trip and its dry by the time I get home. Other than that I'm very happy with the shaft.
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Make sure to grease the needle fitting that is the hardest to find -that's the one that hit's the ball- Jess
What is the best way to get grease to the center ball if it is a stock CV joint without the needle fitting? Disassemble the outer u-joint so i can pull the ball apart? Or should I just get a ball rebuild kit that comes with needle fittings and swap out the stock one?

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Just got Tom Woods shafts this week. I've bought from him before because of his reputation and good quality. I did receive with this shipment a grease nozzle to fit on the end of my grease gun to gain better access to the CV joint. He sent that free along with a hat.
Wow! TW is aware of this problem evidently. You got to grease that sucker to make it live.
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