The other night, I helped my friend swap out the two universal joints on the rear drive shaft of his 1986 GMC Jimmy (full size). He said it was getting a little bit scary drive. That means a lot coming from him because he has been known to blissfully drive vehicles that others fear to sit in, never mind take the helm of. His last few jaunts to work and back were full of brain numbing vibrations that made the world around him appear to be a blur.
We removed the drive shaft after feeling the sloppiness in it, and we were both confident that there was going to be a serious lack of needle bearings inside. We were not disappointed. When we knocked the u-joint out of the yoke, there were no bearings left in one of the caps. Very niiiice. Where the bearings once lived, sat a pile of the finest metal dust that destruction can provide. A few laughs were had, the new universal joints slid right in, and the big honkin’ GMC Jimmy lives again.
Chevy S10 Trucks, S10 Blazers, GMC Jimmys, and Sonomas eat ball joints. Being in the biz, we knew this, and we also knew that our customers could benefit from an installation video. One thing lead to another and BAM! – A beautiful 1AAuto Ball Joint How-To Installation video was born. With the right tools, and the right patience, this job is very doable in your driveway.
For those of you that like to handle your own automotive work, or if you want to try it out for the first time, 1AAuto is here to help. In our videos we guide you through the entire process of replacing a part. In this case, we show how to replace an S10 Truck Door Handle (which is the same as a Chevy Blazer & GMC Jimmy). With this video, you also get the door panel removal, so if you want to replace your speakers, or anything else behind the door panel, you are half way there! If S10’s aren’t your thing, we have 40+ other how-to videos that may be of assistance, and we are adding more every day! You can see them all on our 1AAuto Youtube Channel.