Alright, so the other day I was at a gas station checking fluids and stuff and I noticed some oil near my driver's side front tire. I swiped my finger across it, looked red, so I assumed it was trans fluid (I blew a line a few weeks ago) that I missed during clean up. The Jeep also got wheeled yesterday (I'm loving all this muddy rain
) everything seemed good.
This morning I drove my girlfriend to work because of all the snow we got last night. When I got back home, I started backing my Jeep up the driveway, in 4hi, tires cut. POP! I'm all "oh great, WTF now?!" I kept going and all was quiet. "ok lets try this again" I thought to myself. After playing around, I can only get it to pop in reverse, under load, in 4wd, and it's not consistent. By the way, the pavement is slick enough. It's impossible to get up my driveway straight in 2wd.
I then remembered that oil I saw. Driver side had oil near the tire, sounds like the pop is coming from the driver side tire too...
I'm thinking axle u-joint from that mud. I just replaced that same one last summer. My Jeep is frozen outside right now or I'd pull my diff plug and see if I'm losing oil. I could've swore it smelled like tranny fluid though. I can't even get under her with all this snow.
Ok I'm babbling
if this joint took a crap on me AGAIN, what stronger replacement joints u folks loving? I know I should get shafts, but cash is tight. I just replaced my trans lines, got a windshield installed Tuesday, and I'm taking care of my uninsured mother temporarily. So…stronger joints
Also, and I can't believe I don't know this
can I drive this thing around a lot with a jacked up u-joint if I avoid 4wd? My last one I replaced about 20 miles after I broke it, and I've always seen them get replaced quickly. I don't know if freewheeling my front axle will screw the yoke up or not. Under load in 4wd...you bet. But street cruising in 2wd? I don't know.
Axle is a bone stock front JK Dana 30 holding up 35's, unlocked. The joint I busted once already was replaced with a stock one.