I have a 2002 Liberty with a front driveshaft CV joint that is going to heck (it makes a lot of noise, and the shaft moves around in it). It is the CV at the transfer case, if that makes a difference. Two questions:
1. How big of a job is it going to be to remove the front driveshaft and replace the CV joint? I have a good set of hand tools, and access to a lift and/or hydraulic press if necessary.
2. If it's not a big deal to remove the shaft, is it OK to run the Lib without it temporarily?
You can take the shafts out fairly simply. There are no retaining clips in the front diff. to deal with - they should slide right out. However, each side is a 'unit' so you can either replace them, or send them to JE Reel for a rebuild. You can definitely run without them, but the front diff will leak. You'll need to duct tape the openings as best you can.
'02 KJ, modified to get there and back
'95 YJ, 2.5" RE, 32's, open phxtoad.com
Thanks for all the input. I let the dealership look at it and they quoted me almost $700 to replace it. I said no thanks, and had them just remove it for the time being. I can find a replacement and torque down 12 little bolts for a whole lot less than that! They were also going to "save" me $40 if I let them replace my air filter and license plate light at the same time. How generous!
Hi all! Aftr plenty of searches for over an hour, I cannot believe no else had this posted. I am an old school CJ/YJ trail fix guy but my family carry all is an 03 Liberty.
Noticed all the common sounds of the front drive shaft going out half way home from Christmas leave..900+ miles total right at 0'dark 30.
Now I have removed the (6) 8mm bolts at the tcase end of the drive shaft and also the (6) 8mm bolts at the axle end.
The axl end I have broke loose the rust/seized connection between the drive shaft and the yoke but I am not having the same luck at the tcase end.
I need to know if anyone else who has done this required any special tool for the tcase end to pry apart or do I just do the good old fashioned heave ho until she gives with a hammer.
I am on the road with the wife and kids, with very limited tool access.
I also thought about the use force against force by tightening a couple of bolts of front again since it is free and engage 4LO to crack it loose at the tcase. Just started getting cold and I am not as young and daring as the old days while on holiday.
i called a local reputable driveshaft shop. he told me he can do whatever i would like, but he recomended against converting to u joints and told me the cv parts he can get for it were only lasting a year and he would rather not do it. he strongly recomended buying brand new O.E. shaft.
The reason there shafts dont last is because they use CHEAP parts, these shafts are build with spicer solid cross u-joints (these are maintence free you never have to grease them and the grease never leaks out) other shops use greaseable joints and people dont grease them.