can i reuse a u-joint?
so this might be a dumb question, but can i reuse a ujoint once pressed out? i'm quickly getting an education in front hub/axle repair, thanks to the wealth of info here, and thanks to my hub assy. locking up and destroying the stub axle.
so i've got to replace the passenger stub axle along with a laundry list of other parts. the ball joints seem tight as can be and are moogs, so i'm assuming they were done already, or were the original ones moogs?. likewise i've got the axles out, and the u joints don't have a bit of play in them. they do make sort of a squishing sound when you work them, but seems like thats just the grease getting pushed around? the only ujoints ive messed with were in obvious need of replacement when i did them, so it was never a consideration to put them back.
I know, i know, just drop the $$$ and know they are good right, but after hub assys, axle stubs, lockouts, and so on, the wallet's getting pretty thin, and after tearing into this truck, i've realized i have 2 more trucks that need the same procedures once i can get this one on the road.
Whats the service life on one of these? truck has 125k and purchased at 60, so i know they've got 65k on them, maybe all 125? maybe thats enough reason to go ahead and switch them? like i said though, not a bit of play in them.
2001 f350 7.3 w/ manual hubs fyi