Apparently the '19s have something like that. At least the whole CV joint is enclosed in rubber or plastic, from the looks of it.
I still prefer being able to see components, and don't mind using a grease gun.
The sales hook one the new ones says everything has no maintenance needed, lubed and sealed for life. That's not your life, the parts life. Things still wear out. So now you buy parts and not tubes of lube. Remember that the front DS only moves when in 4x4 mode due to the front axle disco. So mine has spun for maybe 10 miles total. I believe that front DS zert is the only one on the truck.
Greasing a front driveshaft on a part-time 4wd system with a CAD front axle is pointless. (model years '94-02' and '14-current) There's no amount of time you'll use the 4wd to justify the time and effort you'll exert under there.
But if you have a 4wd system which does not (some 02's - '13) then you'll find it "may" help to offer some occasional lube to a constant spinning front driveshaft, but still probably a waste of time depending on driving conditions.
Although, its common knowledge in most driveline shops that a non-greaseable u-joint will far outlast any greaseable u-joint. They're stronger, better sealed, and can last the life of the vehicle depending on conditions. But people love to be able to squish out all that dirty water contaminated goo thinking they're doing good, where in reality that dirty water contamination is only getting in there because the greaseable joints have such weak seals just to allow you to pump in more grease. Its really a silly design...
As for the double cardan ball joint, well those are susceptible to over-usage if the joint angle is too extreme and they spin too fast. Thats what causes most of the driveline vibrations we all read about where thousands of people complain that their trucks vibrate right off the dealer lots. For whatever reason Dodge/Ram have those year trucks running poor front driveline angles for a constant running driveline. Then add a lift and you're just asking for more problems.
Finally got around to installing AlfaOBD and picked up an OBDLink SX USB Cable. So far I'm thrilled with the capability here!
-Reset TPMS Thresholds
-Activated DRLs in Signals
-Activated Global Down (Global Up not working yet)
-Activated LED Bulbs on all corners
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