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blacksport 02-14-2010 01:52 PM

Driving with rear drive shaft pulled
Hey guys in the process of changing out my rear pinion seal (drive shaft) and Havent had time to try to get the nut off the yoke(its a pain!) Ive been driving in 4hi with the front wheels. I know ive seen people doing it but Im just curious if it actually hurts anything? the only thing weird is when I turn and give it gas the front end hops but im guessing thats because its straight axle in the front and not independent. Quick response appreciated I dont want to tear anything up.

s3nt3nc3d 02-14-2010 01:55 PM

I can't speak for straight driving...I wouldn't imagine that would hurt much, but turning on dry pavement is going to be extremely hard on it. It'll be just like driving on dry pavement in's gonna hop like you mentioned and stress the gears/differential in the front.

Jerry Bransford 02-14-2010 01:59 PM

Driving in front-wheel drive doesn't hurt anything. Does your front axle have a locker? If so, that's why it hops. Just don't give it too much power with the steering wheel cranked all the way as that places a lot of stress on the u-joint area which can break things. Ask me how I know that. ;)

blacksport 02-14-2010 03:21 PM

hmm. how do you know that jerry?! lol I dont have a locker, when I changed my diff fluid it was just a bunch of gears! I am taking it easy on it around corners. I didnt think it would cause any problems just wanted to ask the educated people. Not sure why its hopping but ill just take it easy on her. Thanks

Jerry Bransford 02-14-2010 03:34 PM

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Originally Posted by blacksport (Post 545819)
hmm. how do you know that jerry?! lol

That's how I busted my front axle shaft where it holds the u-joint while on my first trip through Sledgehammer in Johnson Valley. Without realizing my steering wheel was still all the way to the left after we had stopped for a break, I started crawling up a small rock & gave it a little too much gas.

When I discovered the spare axle shaft a friend had brought along for me wasn't configured for my TJ correctly, I had to finish the trail in 3wd after removing the busted axle shaft & u-joint. To prevent breaking the driver's side axleshaft due to the added stress of being in 3wd, I had to use the winch a lot to make it the rest of the way.

Be careful not to give it too much gas when your steering wheel is hard over. :eek:

blacksport 02-14-2010 03:48 PM

dang I wish we had a place to go like that her in southern ga! That had to be fun getting back off the trail haha. Good looking rig man, thanks for the advice

Kilroy 02-14-2010 04:43 PM

Great pictures, Jerry!

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