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My 2013 2WD S model is getting noisy and it sounds like U-joint noise. The noise is a repetitive groan in reverse and a wow-wow noise going fwd at low speeds. The noise is in sync with driveshaft rotation. Note: not talking about the CV joints used on the front of 4WD models.

The dealership's svc department says
1) Nissan U-joints never fail and they're skeptical that mine have
2) They have never replaced U-joints, but for $500 they'll make an exception for me
3) Normally if a U-joint is damaged the whole driveshaft is replaced for $800+
4) Replacing U-joints is a job for a specialty shop
5) They would sell me the parts

I'm a 75 yr old farmboy who has seen many a U-joint on PTO shafts. If you keep them greased, they last forever. If you forget to grease them, they eventually fail and you replace them; no big deal.

But they took the grease fittings off automobile U-joints in the '50s or '60s. So then they failed at about 50 Kmiles (in my experience) but you replaced them. Now they want to replace the entire shaft. I suppose replacing the truck would make them even happier.

I seem to recall replacing U-joints myself in the past, so it may be something I can handle.

My questions are:
1) Has anyone here had their U-joints (on the rear driveshaft) fail?
2) Can failed joints be replaced?
3) How tough a job is it to replace the joints? Has anyone here done it?

Thanks,
Bob
 

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I have had to replace my u-joints on the driveshaft 4 times over the course of 14 years and 250K miles on this Frontier. It can be done cheap and easy for anywhere from $75-150.
 

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Never done my frontier yet, but their regular 1310 series joints that can be had anywhere for 15 bucks, time to change varies with experience, a press is nice if you have one but a big vice and hammer will suffice.And you can buy replacements with a grease zerk if you want.
 

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I would advise you to go to a different mechanic, and stay away from the dealership.
 
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Are you sure that noise isn't coming from an out of balance or damaged tire? They can make noise like that when they aren't balanced. Could also be a wheel bearing or low oil in the rear axle?
 

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The procedure is still the same. Remove the retaining spring clip, squeeze out the old bearing cups in a press or vise, then squeeze in new ones and spider, and install the spring clip.
 
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