So some quick back-story:
Went playin in the mud yesterday, and took some hard hits all around the vehicle as some of the ground was still frozen.
Anyway, on the way home, I noticed that there was a clunking noise coming from the front passenger side. When I washed all the mud off the undercarriage, I looked at where the wheel meets the axle, and the seal that was there on the other side was shredded. The connector (?) now moves around waaaaay more than it does on the other side. It looks like the gear-type thing that's inside the wheel is just super loose. What do I need to fix, how much will it probably cost, and is it still safe to drive around town?
Depending on your skill and tools available it's a relatively easy fix. Part costs around $50 ~ 75. Labor is another story.
Here's a great writeup on replacing ball joints. You will not need to get that far (unless your balljoints are shot you may as well.) Anyway, look over this write up to see if you're up for the challenge. You'll only need to get the tire, brake caliper, axle nut and hub bearing off to replace the CV.
being that my jeep is my daily driver, and if i screw something up i can't go to school, i don't want to risk taking all that apart. SO, that being the case, i think i'll just buy the parts and take it in to a guy i know.
thanks for the link, too. i just need a long weekend and someone who knows what they're doing, and i could whip right through that (hopefully).
It's cheaper for you to start learning and begin a tool collection. I agree though, if it's beyond your capability then take it to someone. Other thing you could do is seek help from a fellow jeeper who has done this on his own and offer to trade services. Perhaps there's something you can do that they can't and they're willing to trade labor. Just a thought. Not sure about rates in your states, but around here, a stranger would swap it for around $200 + parts. A known mechanic would probably do it for less since they know it really goes quick. If you get a quote for $400 including one CV then it's probably a bit high. Best of luck fixing the vehicle and if you get the chance, be there when the work is done and try to learn whatever you can (but stay out of the way unless they specifically ask for help.)