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Hi, I noticed when I come to a complete stop you feel/hear a bump in the back end.. I thought I remember seeing/reading somewhre that this is caused by the rear drive shart needing lubed? Is this correct? If so what do I need to do? Oh it's a '97 XLT 5.0 AWD...
 

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Yeah, lube your rear.



 

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Greasing the slip yoke: How-to



There was some talk about this before, and I decided to go ahead and take some pictures of the simple way to do it without dropping the drive shaft or cutting the boot open. Didn't see any other threads with step-by-step pictures so I hope it's not a repeat.



This is how it looks in the beginning







Then with a slotted screwdriver, slip it under the edge of the boot clip.







When you pry up on the edge of the clip, when it it raised enough, it should just pop right off.







When pulling back the boot, you'll notice the splines that need to be lubed. This is what binds when it is not lubed up.







With the boot pulled back, I sprayed white lithium grease into the boot. Some drips out, which ruined my shirt. Keep that in mind.







This next picture is putting the clamp on the front part of the boot. I removed both clips when doing this and put one 2 new hose clamps. The size I used were ones that went up to 2 3/4" but smaller ones would be better since I had to trim off a lot on the rear clamp.







After trimming off the excess of the clamps, this is what my finished product looked like.







It's under a 10 min. job. Tools needed were 2 hose clamps, a slotted screwdriver, safety glasses (I realized I needed them after getting

sh!t in my eyes, better to have them before hand), grease, and a creeper (not needed but helps a lot). Didn't jack it up any, but just slid right in and did the work. If anyone has any critiques I'd appreciate it. Or if anyone has anything to add feel free. Hope this helps though.



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There you go. A few people in the thread mentioned using a heavier grease than lithium grease, however, which I personally would also recommend.
 

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Kewl, thanks a lot, but will those hose clamps throw of the drive shafts balance, since I'm sure they weigh more then the stock ones? And is there anyway to put the stock clamps back on, or to buy new ones? What tool would be needed for this?



anyone?
 
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