I replaced the tired old rear springs on my 1959 Ford which raised the rear up a couple of Inches and when I took it out for a test drive there was a vibration. After several attempts at finding the cause we traced it down to the u-joints.
My question is, is this common for the u-joint to go bad when installing new springs or just a coincidence? – Matt
When the vehicle is driven the bearings in the u-joints wear and take a set. As springs age and the vehicle begins to sit lower, the angle of the drive line will change. With prolonged driving with weak springs the u-joint bearings wear in an unnatural position.
When new springs are installed and the vehicle is sitting back at its original ride height bad u-joints can be revealed.
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