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Old 10-10-2015, 10:05 AM   #1
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Williams AZ, driveshaft maint. Location help.

Does anyone know where I could have have the driveshaft looked at in the Williams AZ area.
On a trip out West and when we left Albuquerque NM noticed a vibration when accelerating at all speeds or when pulling hills. As soon as I created the hill or let off acelerator the vibration would quit. I would look at the turbo boost gauge at that time which indicated not putting any load on the engine(no boost) Thinking it Is probably driveshaft or Ujoint related.
I grease the ujoints and slip yoke regularly although before this last trip I had some difficulty getting two of the knuckles to purge but I eventually repositioned the shaft and they purged good grease.
Anyway could use some help on a location for a shop to troubleshoot the problem. We're currently at campground in Williams.
Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:09 AM   #2
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Small town. I would find one in Flagstaff.
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Old 10-10-2015, 10:10 AM   #3
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Can't help with Williams but I'd suggest you look for a truck repair shop, that's what I would do starting with a Google search if no one comes up with a good suggestion.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:49 PM   #5
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Looks like there are 3 or 4 decent sized Heavy Truck shops in Flagstaff, including a Freightliner dealership. That would be closest area for you.
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Old 10-10-2015, 06:57 PM   #6
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I keep a website where people recommend the best service shops for 40+ footers

If you go here you will see a couple but they are a ways out

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Old 10-10-2015, 07:22 PM   #7
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Can't help with driveline repair advice in Williams but if you happen upon the old 3 story brick town building up the hill, please let me know if the exposed duct that I installed in the corridors 35 years ago is still there.
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Sounds to me like you have a U joint problem. If you do your own greasing you'll be able to check it out and change it yourself. If it's bad enough to vibrate under power you should be able to see the problem
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I eventually repositioned the shaft and they purged good grease.
I think this is your problem. U-joints have to fit precisely...any deviation will cause a vibration. I would crawl back under there, loosen the hex nuts and see if the joint will move back into position.

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If you can't get this done yourself, you might try going over to the tire shop at Loves Truck Stop and talk to George or one of the guys there. They are great people to deal with and can likely help you out.
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Sounds to me like you have a U joint problem. If you do your own greasing you'll be able to check it out and change it yourself. If it's bad enough to vibrate under power you should be able to see the problem
Mccrob,
I did crawl back under the motorhome and think I found the problem. Looks like one of the u joints may be out of place a little. Where I usually see the grease purge out when I grease it looks like it's a little off kilter and I see a bigger gap or a little off center then the rest of the u joints. Not much but it is different. Another poster (lanerd I think) suggested loosening the hex nuts to see if I can get it to line back up. Kind of scares me a little to do that. Guess l'm concerned I'll make it worse.
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Mccrob,
I did crawl back under the motorhome and think I found the problem. Looks like one of the u joints may be out of place a little. Where I usually see the grease purge out when I grease it looks like it's a little off kilter and I see a bigger gap or a little off center then the rest of the u joints. Not much but it is different. Another poster (lanerd I think) suggested loosening the hex nuts to see if I can get it to line back up. Kind of scares me a little to do that. Guess l'm concerned I'll make it worse.
Thanks for the help.
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I don't see how the caps could come out of place unless the bolts came loose. If that is the case, I suspect the U Joint is seized and needs to be replaced. Putting it back into position is not the fix.
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I think this is your problem. U-joints have to fit precisely...any deviation will cause a vibration. I would crawl back under there, loosen the hex nuts and see if the joint will move back into position.

Good luck

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lanerd,
When you say loosen the hex nuts do you mean just the ones on the Ujoint that looks like it is off center a little. I think I found the problem with one of them. Anyway there are two hex nuts on each of the four positions on the u joint. Should I just loosen the two on the suspect one? Makes me a little nervous loosening them.
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I don't see how the caps could come out of place unless the bolts came loose. If that is the case, I suspect the U Joint is seized and needs to be replaced. Putting it back into position is not the fix.
dennis45,
Thanks for your replies and suggestion. I'm getting ready to drive over to Love's right now to see if I can talk to George or someone there. It is a Sunday so not sure if he will be there. Going to try. I'll post back with outcome. Appreciate the help.

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