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Old 03-26-2012, 07:03 PM   #1
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I'm having trouble finding the correct U joints for my 2004 F150. I have the extended cab, 4.6 engine and 2 wheel drive. I've been to both O'Reilly's and AutoZone with no luck. I purchased three U joints from O'Reilly's, installed them but they don't fit correctly. There's a gap between the cross and the cap on all three joints. I called Ford to get their part number, which when crossed reference came back to the same U Joint I'd purchased from O'Reillys. The cross is the same size, but the original U joints have a taller cap than either O'Reilly's or AutoZone. We also looked at U Joints from a year earlier all the way up to 4 years later with no luck. Has anyone else had this problem. I'm in a real bind here.
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Get them from Ford...
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If I'm not mistaken u can't change the U-joints in these trucks, u have to buy a new drive shaft.
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Depends on the truck. Some of them have staked U-joints, which you can't replace, some have U-joints designed by real people. There's also the possibility of a previous owner having replaced the driveshaft at some point, in which case you'd need to compare the u-joints at the parts store to find the right ones.
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Thanks guys, I'm going to Ford today. One thing I noticed is that Ford pressed these U joints in place, by that I mean there were no keeper rings but groves inside the collars below the groove for the keeper ring. I bought this truck with 10,000 miles on it so I hope the previous owner hadn't changed the drive line.
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to the rear axle from the driveshaft our trucks use the Precision u-joints #354 its the standard u joint used most commonly in full size pickups
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I had to replace my u joints on my 05 it was a bit different 5.4 but I had good luck at advance auto. They sold a kit for removing the factory stake in joint and plates to go in under the clips for the new u joint I replace them on my driveway in about 3 hrs. Good to see you got fixed up. And did you have any trouble removing the old joint
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Okay the replacement U-Joint is Neapco 3-0488. I found it at Inland Truck Parts in Denton, Texas. It's the same kit Ford sells, by that I mean it includes the spacers, stake removal tool and locking rings. The big difference is that Ford wants between $133.00 - $188.00 each depending on where you buy. Inland was $80.00 each which is still way to expensive for a U Joint. The Precision 354 U Joint will not work on the F150 2004 2 part drive line. My truck has been very good to me and I'm very pleased with the purchase. I'm not nearly as impressed with the engineer that came up with this design. Thanks for everyones help.
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I'm planning a 4X4 trip with friends who drive jeeps, and was suggested to me to bring an extra set of Ujoints for my 04 F150. only to find out that this is not possible due to staked ujoints. not very happy about this.I dont want to go buy a drive shaft!!!!!!!
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i have an 04 supercrew 4x4 so not sure about the 2wd supercab but my drive shaft had to be replaced.....they are nonserviceable ujoints on those....which i didn't find out till after I cut my others out because they would not come out.....expensive mistake I made
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