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Old 03-01-2012, 09:29 PM
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Front axle shaft removal ?

Hi, I'm new to the forum and have a question regarding the front passenger axle. I have a 97 tj that I bought several months ago. I have a shake that I believe is coming from the front end when slowing to a stop without applying brakes. It has a d30 in it. When we move the front driveshaft, i am getting some play in the passenger side u-joint so it probably needs to be replaced. My question is do I have to open the differential to remove the clip in order to remove that axle or will it just slide out?

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:31 AM   #2
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The Front axle should slide right out.

Before pulling everything, grab the axle u-joint by hand and see if there's any movement in it or turn the wheels out and rock it back & forth while watching. U-joints should not have any play in them.

With the slowing to a stop mention that you feel, it sounds like maybe more drivetrain related like its one of the Driveshafts.

You should double check your Front & Rear driveshaft U-joints as well before pulling the front axle shaft.

Jack the front up off the ground to take the weight off, and by hand grab each u-joints to see if there's any play in them and then do the same for the rear.

I had I cracked u-joint before that I could not find until I took the weight of the vehicle off the ground.

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We checked the driveshaft u-joints but it was on the ground. Will get it in the air to check them out.... Thanks for your help!!
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #4
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The front axle does not use c-clips so once you get the hub off, the axle shaft will slide right out.

A very good stronger/more durable u-joint upgrade for the factory Spicer 297 u-joint used on the front axle's axle shafts is the Spicer 5-760x.
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