i have had my 02 kj about 3 years now. i put about 30,000 miles on it. its been sounding like a bad wheel bearing for a while now but i jacked it up several times and everything in the front end is tight. noise wasnt really getting any worse until recently. i was under it the other day and turning the front driveshaft there is a bunch of play in the front. not cool. for the cost im tempted to get a cherokee front 30 and convert it to sfa but i really dont want to spend the time right now, im in the middle of a wagoneer project.
you can drive them with no cvs and front diff, right? id like to get a better idea whats going on in there before i start dreaming.
a local guy has a set of 4.10s and install kits for sale. if hell come down on the price a little i guess ill go that route.
i went and took another look at it, put it in nuetral, it looks like i have 2x the amount of play in the front diff vs the rear. on the front if i twist the yoke, it turns 3/8". it used to only make noise when you were just taking off, 15-20 mph it would go away. now when im on th egas the noise is there, when i coast it goes away. that kind of makes me think its not the front.
i just pumped out the front and rear gear oil, its clean. i changed it when i bought it. i was wondering if maybe one of them was full of water. i notice the passenger side front cv where it comes out of the housing there is a good amount of play in it. is that normal im picturing it sliding into a short axle, and thinking some play would be normal there but how much?
136,000 i replaced the cv on the driveshaft around 110,000. it had this weird noise for a while, sort of like another post on here like a thumping/howl that was relative to wheel speed except it would go away once you got on the highway. last night was the first time i noticed a steady howl while on the gas. im not sure how much play there is supposed to be on the right side front intermediate shaft to cv but it seemed like a lot to me. inside the jeep, it sounds like its coming from the front, but i find it kind of weird that hitting the gas effect it since its not getting any power in 2wd.