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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, drive shaft u-joint in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; HI I'm a newbie to the forum and to my cadillac cts 04. I've got a few issues with it. ...
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    drive shaft u-joint

    HI I'm a newbie to the forum and to my cadillac cts 04. I've got a few issues with it. It has 84000 miles and it appears i have the "parade clunk". My local mechanic told me he thinks its the u joint. Is the u joint replaceable or do i need a whole new drive shaft? Also where can i find these parts my mechanic could not find one? Thank you in advance. I'd just like to know before i go to a dealer and get bent over. I just got this car.

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    search drive shaft flex disk or gumbo
    there is no u joint on it.

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettomike View Post
    search drive shaft flex disk or gumbo
    there is no u joint on it.
    i think you meant guibo

    gumbo sounds like soup to me

    also correct me if i'm wrong but if your gonna replace those, make sure you also replace the worn out parts that cause the flex disc to break in the 1st place (newyorktrini comes to mind here)

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    Quote Originally Posted by Lzr View Post
    i think you meant guibo

    gumbo sounds like soup to me
    when they break your transmission feels like soup lol

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    hehe i'll take your word on that one, i hope mine stays in the can for a long time

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    I looked under my car today and there is a u-joint in the middle of the shaft. When I was under the car I pushed up on the rear differential and I noticed a lot of play there. The bushing appears to be worn out. How much of a job is it to change this bushing and where can I get one?

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    someone correct me if im wrong..but the center of the driveshaft is another bushing with a carrier berring i think??? or something like that.
    i havent looked under her skirt in a while but i thought there were no u joints??

    the flex disk is the most common driveshaft issue. and from where im sitting i would GUESS that is your issue.
    look up creative steel. you will have to shim your transmission if you get vibrations from the new disks as the tranny mounts wear out as well and the poly bushings have tighter tolerances that the oem rubber.

    revshift makes a different version of it. both companies sponsor the site, ive only dealt with creative steel and they are great guys.

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    Quote Originally Posted by ghettomike View Post
    someone correct me if im wrong..but the center of the driveshaft is another bushing with a carrier berring i think??? or something like that.
    i havent looked under her skirt in a while but i thought there were no u joints??

    the flex disk is the most common driveshaft issue. and from where im sitting i would GUESS that is your issue.
    look up creative steel. you will have to shim your transmission if you get vibrations from the new disks as the tranny mounts wear out as well and the poly bushings have tighter tolerances that the oem rubber.

    revshift makes a different version of it. both companies sponsor the site, ive only dealt with creative steel and they are great guys.
    as far as i know your right, was under there today, and looked at both flex disc and what i could make out of the carrier bearing, but did not see any u joint, not saying there isn't one, but i didn't see it
    i had a knock 1 time yesterday when putting it in reverse from park, and been quite paranoid and had to check it out today, have no idea what happened, and she has been running like a champ since

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    there is a carrier bearing in the middle of the 2piece driveshaft. AND there is a standard looking u-joint there connecting the front and rear driveshafts. The front driveshaft also contains a slip yoke, which is pulled apart to remove/install the carried bearing. I have verified this info tonite on my 2003 cts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodoochikin04
    there is a carrier bearing in the middle of the 2piece driveshaft. AND there is a standard looking u-joint there connecting the front and rear driveshafts. The front driveshaft also contains a slip yoke, which is pulled apart to remove/install the carried bearing. I have verified this info tonite on my 2003 cts.
    Carrier bearing is in the rear differential. It's called a center support bearing.

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    Re: drive shaft u-joint

    Also called a carrier bearing and typically easier found when searching for drive shaft carrier bearing, than drive shaft center support bearing. Also called carrier bearing when referenced to the exact same part on most larger trucks with two piece drvieshafts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodoochikin04
    Also called a carrier bearing and typically easier found when searching for drive shaft carrier bearing, than drive shaft center support bearing. Also called carrier bearing when referenced to the exact same part on most larger trucks with two piece drvieshafts.
    Anytime I ask for a carrier bearing I get parts for the rear diff at my shop. Anyone else in the field calls it a center support including parts suppliers.

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