I just got my CR-V back from the oil change center and they guy told me that they noticed my U-joint was a little loose. He told me that he tried looking up this part, but it wasn't easy to find. He the said that it was usually easier and more common to replace the entire drive shaft which would run me about $1300. He said that because the way things were installed, that was really the only way to go.
I have a few questions and please bear with my vagueness/ignorance as I am not well versed with what goes on under the hood.
1. From what I gather in a quick search, the U-joint is what connects my back axle to the transmission and allows me to have 4WD. What kind of symptoms do I need to look for to tell if my U-Joint is on the verge of failing? Will it be catastrophic failure? Is this something I should get fixed immediately?
2. Does the mechanics solution and cost sound reasonable? Should I get a second opinion?
3. My 2001 CR-V is a manual with 160,000 miles on the original transmission and second timing belt. For the most part, it stills runs great. I haven't noticed any other major issues while I drive. The mechanic said I should hear "clunking" which I don't think I've heard. Is it worth it to repair my CR-V or should I think about getting a new one?
Any answers and suggestions are greatly appreciated.