Originally Posted by EfEmDee
...Taking a road trip of ~2k miles over the next two weeks.
Roughly 1200 miles into the road trip, and it's been an interesting week since I left Wisconsin.
Monday evening, the retaining nut on the front pinion yoke let loose at 70MPH (going up hill) somewhere driving through the North end of the Daniel Boone National Forest area on I64.
My fault - the Carolina DS held up just fine - I guess I didn't torque it enough 7500 or so miles ago.
Got everything back together on the shoulder (enough to limp down the road) until I could get to a Napa (20 miles away) for a proper fix. Fixed, filled, and peened the nut to the shaft. Will drain/refill the diff when I get back... scared as to what I may find, as the magnet plug had plenty of metal dust on it when I filled it.
On the bright side, most of the driveline vibes I've been feeling/hearing have now gone away.
FTR: The folks at Napa Auto Parts, 670 East Tom T. Hall Boulevard, Olive Hill, KY (606) 286-8788 - are absolutely awesome. They allowed me to work in their lot, accommodated my wife and infant son, let me clean up in their bathroom, and generally made great small talk while I worked on the front DS.
Kudo's to them, and to the fine folks of Kentucky!
Pulled out of Napa, and forgot to secure the tire carrier. A nice gentleman stopped me in the drive through at McDonalds next door to let me know that I had a large tire on a pivot following me around.
Broke the pin that locks the carrier open, but was able to get the rest of the way down to Lynchburg VA that evening.
Hit the local Tractor Supply in Madison Heights, VA last Wednesday for the hitch pin to secure the carrier. When I came out a local in a lifted JK on 33's had parked right behind. Funny how lifted Jeeps gather in parking lots.
Fixed the carrier lock pin and we were on our way...
Somewhere on the PA turnpike or I81, I noticed I was getting a "clunk" when hitting bumps. Took a look when I stopped for gas, and found my driver's side upper shock bushings were toast.
Made it to our temp home North of Bignhamton, NY.
Yesterday, I ran over to the brother in law's and replaced both front upper shock bushings as well as did a full service on the transmission. Dang but ATF+4 is expensive.
Drained/filled the T-case while I was at it, along with (finally) pulling the bull bar mounts that were dropped below the front bumper and killing my approach angle.
Hopefully I can hit a few of the tractor trails on the family farm over the next few days and test Pele' out.
That's all for now.