Caution Be careful not to grip the drive shaft tube too tightly in a vise as this will cause deformation

1. Using a dial indicator, check the runout of the intermediate and drive shafts. The maximum runout is 0.031 in. (0.8 mm). If the shaft runout is greater than the maximum, replace the shaft.

2. Inspect the spider bearing for wear or damage.

3. Using a dial indicator, check the spider bearing axial play by turning the yoke of the flange while holding the shaft tightly. The maximum bearing axial play is 0.0020 in. (0.05 mm). If the spider bearing axial play exceeds the maximum, replace the spider bearing.


If abnormal vibration or driveline noise is present, check the drive shaft for damage or dents that could affect balance. Remove any undercoating adhering to shaft. Check for index marks on yoke and companion flange. If marks are not aligned, disconnect shaft and align index marks so they are as close as possible. Check for missing balance weight(s) or improperly seated or defective universal joint(s).

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