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Thread: Howdy Folks! U-Joint question...
06-11-2009, 11:15 AM #1
Howdy Folks! U-Joint question...
I am a new member, and a couple of months ago I purchased a pre-owned 2004 Silverado crew-cab Z71 with over 113,000 miles on it. About a week ago I started hearing a "chirping" noise at low speeds when accelerating. I only hear it when I'm moving, and I don't hear it at higher speeds.
I strongly suspect it's a worn-out u-joint. I haven't confirmed it yet (we got a lot of rain last night, and I didn't feel like jacking it up in a severe thunderstorm), and even if I do confirm it, I don't really have a place to fix it myself since I am temporarily living in an apartment that frowns on do-it-yourself auto repairs.
So...assuming it is a worn out u-joint (which is a safe assumption given the symptoms and the amount of miles on the truck), how much will a dealership charge me to fix it? I hate it when you go in expecting to pay about $200 for repairs and they tell you it's going to be $2000.
I'm just asking for budget reasons...to know if I need to pull money out of savings or whatever.
Any info would be appreciated!
06-11-2009, 11:38 AM #2
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Well I have never had suspension parts replaced at the dealer, but I have fuel injection stuff done at the dealership. Usually whatever you pay in parts, you better double it to make up for the labor. I had $1,200 in parts for my car, and it ended up just over $2,500 for the complete job installed with the parts. I couldn't see a U-joint repair going for over $500 total parts+labor, but you should check and see what they pro-rate that job at. Most of the dealers have a sheet that looks kind of like this.
Fuel Pump=4 hours labor $500
Brake Pads=1.5 hours labor $225
Etc. Etc.2004 Chevy Colorado
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06-11-2009, 11:43 AM #3
Thanks for the tip. I think I will call them and ask. I just don't want to get there, and find out I don't have enough cash/credit on tap to pay for the repairs. It would suck to tell them, "Never mind, I'll bring it back later." I have the money, I'm just trying to get a ball-park idea of what to expect.m0j0TX -- McKinney, Texas
2004 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Z71 4WD
06-11-2009, 11:52 AM #4
hey i recelently had the u-joints in my 2003 z71 go out and i took it to a repair shop in town and for them to put new (both front and rear) joint on the rear drive shaft it was only $91 so yea i wouldnt take it to a dealer they over chrage.
06-11-2009, 07:37 PM #5
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Sounds like U-joints.
Take it to a respectable local shop the dealer will be high for labor.
The joints should run about $50 front and rear and no more than $75 for installation. Should only be about 1 hr labor.
06-12-2009, 12:14 AM #6
remember if you do it yourself that the stock u joints have plastic injected retainer rings that will need to be heated up before you remove the stock u joints, that is if they haven't been replaced all ready before.bd1326
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06-12-2009, 12:02 PM #7
Well I took it in this morning, and they replaced the rear u-joint and greased the front one. Parts were $66.30 and labor was $191.95, for a total (with tax, shop fees, etc) of $276.19.
06-12-2009, 12:08 PM #8
300 bucks for u-joints ouch!2000 Silverado Z71 Whipple Supercharger, JBA Headers,3" cat back Flowmaster Exhaust, Volant cai, Pioneer Preimer deck,Orion subwoofer,03 signal light mirrors,03 taililghts
06-12-2009, 04:00 PM #9Jim
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06-12-2009, 04:51 PM #10
What a rip-off!! The u joints are federal mogul and they are 25 bucks a piece at Oreillys which is where the dealership gets them from and those are what come from the factory too. I was inexpierenced and had I had the correct tools and the knowledge of having to melt out the plastic injections it would have taken me a half an hour to swap them on my suburban.99 K1500 Suburban LT "THE BEAST"
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