Notices
C3 General General C3 Corvette Discussion not covered in Tech
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

U-Joint replacement cost

 
Old 03-08-2019, 11:25 PM
  #21  
wadenelson
CF Senior Member
 
wadenelson's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2005
Posts: 465
Received 68 Likes on 48 Posts
Default

I overpaid a Chevy dealer $750 to do all of them. Without a lift certain jobs I just don't do.

I thought that was highway robbery.

It's a long story as to why I didn't just go pick up the car and take it over to the pro's, "Phoenix Rack & Axle"

Make an appointment, drive down, and I'll give you the Phoenix nickle tour while they work on it.

Last edited by wadenelson; 03-08-2019 at 11:28 PM.
wadenelson is offline  
The following users liked this post:
fastimes (03-08-2019)
Old 03-08-2019, 11:33 PM
  #22  
fastimes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
fastimes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 443
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

Originally Posted by jackson View Post
What's Dan's quote turn-key solid dana-spicer x6 + balancing x3 ?

is your car a show car? Do you plan to have it judged per NCRS or AACA standards?
Still waiting on the final Estimate from Dan's. My car is far from NCRS/AACA condition, however I do want things done correctly.
fastimes is offline  
Old 03-08-2019, 11:38 PM
  #23  
fastimes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
fastimes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 443
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

Originally Posted by wadenelson View Post
I overpaid a Chevy dealer $750 to do all of them. Without a lift certain jobs I just don't do.

I thought that was highway robbery.

It's a long story as to why I didn't just go pick up the car and take it over to the pro's, "Phoenix Rack & Axle"

Make an appointment, drive down, and I'll give you the Phoenix nickle tour while they work on it.
Thanks Wadenelson! That is a generous offer. I'm still waiting on another estimate from a local driveline shop, but I'll do a bit of research on Phoenix Rack & Axle.
fastimes is offline  
Old 03-09-2019, 12:18 PM
  #24  
MelWff
CF Senior Member
 
MelWff's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2006
Location: Danbury CT
Posts: 10,603
Received 653 Likes on 627 Posts
Default

I would think any competent repair shop could do U joints. The main drive shaft is not anything unique to Corvettes. The only thing on the half shafts is to make sure if they use greaseable u-joints they install them so that the fittings will be accessible once the joints are installed.
MelWff is offline  
Old 03-09-2019, 12:52 PM
  #25  
Bikespace
CF Senior Member
 
Bikespace's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2017
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 1,815
Received 280 Likes on 262 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by MelWff View Post
I would think any competent repair shop could do U joints. The main drive shaft is not anything unique to Corvettes. The only thing on the half shafts is to make sure if they use greaseable u-joints they install them so that the fittings will be accessible once the joints are installed.
The U-Joints themselves, no, nothing special (though you should use the solid Spicers). The Spicers are a bit tight, so they will need to use the thinnest shims.

Having only done it myself by taking the entire rear apart first and cutting the straps, it may not be the easiest thing to get the half-shafts out of the car and back in. I had to cut the trailing arms out of the car, and cut the strut rods out of the trailing arms. It might be easier with a proper lift and an extra set of hands.
Bikespace is offline  
Old 03-09-2019, 09:40 PM
  #26  
fastimes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
fastimes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 443
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

Originally Posted by Bikespace View Post
The U-Joints themselves, no, nothing special (though you should use the solid Spicers). The Spicers are a bit tight, so they will need to use the thinnest shims.

Having only done it myself by taking the entire rear apart first and cutting the straps, it may not be the easiest thing to get the half-shafts out of the car and back in. I had to cut the trailing arms out of the car, and cut the strut rods out of the trailing arms. It might be easier with a proper lift and an extra set of hands.
That's my fear with these things! I'm somewhat comfortable doing certain things. When i finally invest in some ramps or a quickjack, I'll venture further into undercarriage maintenance and repair, but the thought of busting off bolt heads and cutting straps to get them out is not something I would want to tackle right now.

I'm going to have Dan's Driveline Shop do some work on my Jeep. I'll get a feel for the work they do and see if I'd trust them with my C3.
fastimes is offline  
Old 03-10-2019, 06:39 AM
  #27  
128racecar
CF Senior Member
 
128racecar's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jun 2013
Location: Indianapolis IN
Posts: 391
Received 119 Likes on 44 Posts
Default

I just had the driveshaft removed, new Dana u-joints installed, driveshaft balanced, and reinstalled for $200. Iíll do the half shafts myself later this spring. I just think the the driveshaft is a little more of a b-tch to get to.
128racecar is offline  
Old 03-10-2019, 10:51 AM
  #28  
caskiguy
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
 
caskiguy's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 2016
Location: Sherman Oaks California
Posts: 2,633
Received 335 Likes on 309 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by fastimes View Post
That's my fear with these things! I'm somewhat comfortable doing certain things. When i finally invest in some ramps or a quickjack, I'll venture further into undercarriage maintenance and repair, but the thought of busting off bolt heads and cutting straps to get them out is not something I would want to tackle right now.

I'm going to have Dan's Driveline Shop do some work on my Jeep. I'll get a feel for the work they do and see if I'd trust them with my C3.
I get your unease of U-Joint replacement but the only thing that comes into question are the French Locks. Stainless Steel Locks are better than the metal or some people just use a lock washer instead at the hub I believe at times. It's pretty simple really.

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/tech...t-replacement/
http://www.corvettemagazine.com/tech...t-replacement/
caskiguy is offline  
The following users liked this post:
fastimes (03-10-2019)
Old 03-10-2019, 03:05 PM
  #29  
ddawson
CF Senior Member
 
ddawson's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Davis CA
Posts: 5,164
Received 371 Likes on 351 Posts
Default

It was an easy job on jackstands. I found the french locks sucked and twisted up before I got the TQ spec.
I used Red lock tight like GM is using on new cars instead.

In the rear without a helper I use the parking brake to hold the shaft in place to do a few bolts then turn the wheels to get to the others.
ddawson is offline  
Old 03-10-2019, 07:11 PM
  #30  
DUB
CF Senior Member
 
Member Since: Apr 2009
Location: Charlotte NC
Posts: 19,674
Received 2,519 Likes on 2,186 Posts
Default

For what it is worth:

The quote you got from that Corvette shop in your area is as you have seen.... well in line and they are not raking you over the coals.

YES..I would also stick with the solid Spicers myself...but do as you wish.

DUB
DUB is offline  
Old 03-12-2019, 09:52 PM
  #31  
fastimes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
fastimes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 443
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

Originally Posted by DUB View Post
For what it is worth:

The quote you got from that Corvette shop in your area is as you have seen.... well in line and they are not raking you over the coals.

YES..I would also stick with the solid Spicers myself...but do as you wish.

DUB
Thanks Dub. I paid a visit to the shop today and met the owner. I have to say, he put me at ease. The shop is full of C2 and C3 cars, he showed me the projects he's working on, took the time to talk with me about the job and how he does it. Very nice guy that seems to care about his customers. To me, that is worth the few extra dollars he may charge over the competition,
I've decided to stick with the solid Spicers and have him do the work.
fastimes is offline  
Old 03-13-2019, 05:34 PM
  #32  
joewill
CF Senior Member
 
joewill's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2007
Location: Indy Indiana
Posts: 3,652
Likes: 0
Received 92 Likes on 85 Posts
Default

the french locks are a pain.. extra labor, shops will charge for that.
the outer half shafts u joints are a pain where you need a special tool and skill to not mess that up.
spicer solids are great but cost and the shop will have a markup.
get your drive shaft balanced, and your half shafts blasted and painted.
1000 bucks total for a nice, correct, total job....
joewill is offline  
Old 03-13-2019, 06:17 PM
  #33  
fastimes
CF Senior Member
Support Corvetteforum!
Thread Starter
 
fastimes's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Location: Henderson, NV
Posts: 443
Received 75 Likes on 47 Posts
St. Jude Donor '19
Default

Originally Posted by joewill View Post
the french locks are a pain.. extra labor, shops will charge for that.
the outer half shafts u joints are a pain where you need a special tool and skill to not mess that up.
spicer solids are great but cost and the shop will have a markup.
get your drive shaft balanced, and your half shafts blasted and painted.
1000 bucks total for a nice, correct, total job....
Thanks Joewill!

The shop I spoke to offered, as an additional option, to sandblast and correctly finish the half-shafts. With doing that, it would put me right at a grand.
I do have to confirm that they will balance the driveshaft.
Great estimating on your part!
fastimes is offline  
Old 03-13-2019, 08:36 PM
  #34  
gjohnson
CF Senior Member
 
gjohnson's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2008
Location: Denver CO
Posts: 1,132
Received 89 Likes on 71 Posts
Default

Find a reputable axle and gear shop.I had all three done including balancing $350.Of course thats r n r myself. Taking it to a "Corvette" shop adds hundreds of $$$
gjohnson is offline  
Old 03-13-2019, 11:31 PM
  #35  
carriljc
CF Senior Member
 
carriljc's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 2001
Posts: 2,512
Received 213 Likes on 201 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Stephen Irons View Post
When you say "not equipped to attempt myself", d'you mean no jack or axle stands? Apart form some usual hand tools that's pretty much all you need to get the shafts off the car. Then take them to a local 'shop (that you guys over there have all over the place!!) and they will do the pressing out and in of new U/Js.

That's how I did ours the first time around, 15 or so years ago. (That cost me not much more than a "drink") More recently, I pressed them out myself - I think I'd let someone else enjoy that task next time!

It ain't rocket surgery. I always do mine myself. Was actually surprised when a friend paid a shop to press his in??? I grew up working on a farm shop and the equipment used tons of u-joints and they got abused....and they were located in all kinds of goofball locations. We were changing u-joints routinely (that means like all the time!). Not sure what you mean by "not equipped" but if you can remove the parts, then you can replace the u-joints.

Last edited by carriljc; 03-13-2019 at 11:32 PM.
carriljc is offline  
 


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: U-Joint replacement cost


Contact Us - About Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: