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2003 Dodge Ram 2500 U-Joints have failed 4x

For the 4th year in a row I have to replace my u-joints on my rear drive shaft.

Why the early failures?
Out of balance
alignment issue?

Could be either or both.

Does this truck have a lift kit on it?

I think it does.

In that case the center bearing and/or rear axle may not have been shimmed correctly to maintain correct geometry of the driveshaft.


@Purebred beat me to it. +1

The angle between the pinion of the rear end and the driveshaft grows quite a bit if you lift the rear. That stresses the heck out of the U-joints.

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The owner of this vehicle does not know if it has a lift kit , OK fine.