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Old 05-22-2013, 09:55 PM
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Default boot on drive shaft help!

On my ranger there is a boot on the rear drive shaft and there is a little play in it when I rotate it. I can tell something is loose inside of it. Is that normal? What is the name of this part?

Also, to add to that, the rear most u joint going into the rear differential needs to be replaced. I would rather replace the part inside this mystery boot while I have my drive shaft off to replace the u joint.

Any help will be appreciated!! I'll take a picture in a few minutes. Description of my truck is in my sig.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:26 AM
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Default Re: boot on drive shaft help!

It sounds like you're talking about the slip joint, its male and female splines on the driveshaft. If it has too much slop you may need to replace the whole shaft.
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Old 05-23-2013, 12:35 PM
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Default Re: boot on drive shaft help!

so there is no way to replace this part....?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:35 PM
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Default Re: boot on drive shaft help!

There are no parts inside the rubber boot, its just there to hold grease for the slip joint. You need to remove the driveshaft from the rear end, take the clamp off the boot, and pull the joint apart. Then you can see how bad the splines are worn, and if you want to replace the driveshaft, or just the rear U joint, and drive it like it is.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:48 PM
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Default Re: boot on drive shaft help!

Accurate advice so far. If you don't like the wear and if a junkyard doesn't have a good one, you should be able to get that slip joint (one or both pieces) replaced at a driveshaft shop.
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:01 PM
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Yea I found a shop about a half hour away that's reasonably priced (from what I've heard) so I'm going to give them a call
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