I was driving down the road last night and I heard a clunk and a bunch of noise. I looked under my Jeep and the rear drive shaft had completely come off on the differential side. I was in the middle of the intersection(in DC) and I needed to get out. I put it in 4WD and got out of the intersection, but I lost the drive shaft completely. Is this fixable? Should I spring for the SYE and CV drive shaft? I really hope I didn't screw up the transfer case. Any help?
HAd the same thing happen a few months ago. Except my 4x4 wouldn't engage to get me out of the way. I had to go back and pick up my drive shaft, fell out while pushing Jeep out of the way as I had nothing to tie it up with. Had to replace my slip yolk(it was Junked), and both universals. Everything has been fine since.
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74 Dodge Dart Sport
The bolt that connects the driveshaft yolk to the differential pinion shaft yolk were gone. It looks like I can just replace the bolts and put the old driveshaft back on. My question is: Because I drove with it out I have no idea what position it should be in. I know the driveshaft is balenced, will this mess thigs up even worst if I put it on unbalenced?
I dont think this was a result of the RC lift, It pulled out of the differential side because the bolts were apparently loose.
I do want o get a SYE and CV driveshaft and get rid of the T case drop. Anyone do this? hard?
Yeah, the driveshaft is balanced out of the Jeep, so you can just slide it back in if it's not damaged. Usually when the rear goes like that, it commonly damages one of the yokes. I'd check and make sure a u-joint fits perfectly in the yokes. Ya might need a new yoke. Keep the old one for a spare. A yoke is a very useful spare to carry.
The same thing happended to me two weeks ago, it's no big deal. When I heard the u-joint go I stopped and took of the driveshaft put the Jeep on 4wd and to it home, I just replaced the u-joint and it works fine. I do agree that you must look carefully for any damage on any of the other joints.