From What I have learned, NEVER DRIVE YOUR JEEP AWD WITHOUT THE FRONT DRIVE SHAFT
The issue may be the Viscus coupler inside the transfercase ( 249)
The VC senses Wheel slippage and transfers power to the wheels that is not slipping Without the front drive shaft the VC is working full time and most likely "burning up".
not sure how true this is But I have heard it many times.
does your Front Differential have a U joint Yoke Or a pancake Style with 8 bolt holes?
gonna cost to rebuild the TC or replace it I have an extra working one and an extra drive shaft without the CV joint on the front.
The Drive shaft cv joints go for about 160 to 196 dollars depending on where you get one. O'reillys has one for 196 with lifetime warranty
1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 5.2 v8 magnum, Dana30/35, TC NP-249, Trans 46rh 170,000miles