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Unread 10-12-2006, 09:53 AM   #1
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Remove the driveshaft in my 2005 Liberty 2wd

I want to tow my 2005 Liberty 2wd behind my motorhome, but I won't pull it often. I know there is a drive shaft decoupler I could install, but it is costly. Anyone have any ideas on towing it all 4 down? Anyone remove the driveshaft to be able to tow it? If so, how involved is it?

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Unread 10-12-2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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Get a yoke to fit in the transmission to keep the fluid from leaking out of it, to remove the driveshaft there are 4 15mm bolts tat hold it to the yoke on the rear axle, I must warn you DC has used as much thread locker on them so they will be a bear to remove the fist few times.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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Get a yoke to fit in the transmission to keep the fluid from leaking out of it, to remove the driveshaft there are 4 15mm bolts tat hold it to the yoke on the rear axle, I must warn you DC has used as much thread locker on them so they will be a bear to remove the fist few times.
Do they make a yoke, or can I just create one of some type to keep the fluid from leaking? Also, is there anything I will need to tape up when I remove the driveshaft to keep the u-joints or something from falling out? Is there anywhere I can get a pdf file showing the driveshaft, what each end looks like once I unbolt and remove it and just a general arrangement?
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Unread 10-12-2006, 11:58 AM   #4
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Do they make a yoke, or can I just create one of some type to keep the fluid from leaking? Also, is there anything I will need to tape up when I remove the driveshaft to keep the u-joints or something from falling out? Is there anywhere I can get a pdf file showing the driveshaft, what each end looks like once I unbolt and remove it and just a general arrangement?



You'll want to keep the slip yoke clean. Maybe a plastic bag taped over it. Also, keep the caps on the actual u-joint itself so the needle bearing don't fall out. I used to have a plastic plug that would fit in the tranny of my 67 Mustang to stop fluid from leaking. Maybe you could get something like this. Just need the outside diameter of the slip yoke and number of splines.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:21 PM   #5
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You'll want to keep the slip yoke clean. Maybe a plastic bag taped over it. Also, keep the caps on the actual u-joint itself so the needle bearing don't fall out. I used to have a plastic plug that would fit in the tranny of my 67 Mustang to stop fluid from leaking. Maybe you could get something like this. Just need the outside diameter of the slip yoke and number of splines.
Thanks...I have talked with someone that mentioned taping the u-joints when removing to make sure the needle bearings don't fall out. I will do that.... I would put plastic bags over each end, and I am sure I can create something to slide in to keep the fluid from leaking. I guess I just need to get under it and do it once and see what happens.....
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:27 PM   #6
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It has a companion flange so no need to worry about the u-joints, keep the slip yoke clean, most slip yokes from other Jeeps will fit so find one in a junk yard and bungee cord it in place so it will not fall out of the trans.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:30 PM   #7
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It has a companion flange so no need to worry about the u-joints, keep the slip yoke clean, most slip yokes from other Jeeps will fit so find one in a junk yard and bungee cord it in place so it will not fall out of the trans.
I am not real auto mechanically inclined, but I am able to build most anything. If you don't mind, I would like to clarify.... There is really nothing on the front or back that I need to worry about coming apart. I simply can unbolt, slide it out, protect the front and back parts from getting dirty or gritty and then plug the front yoke and I am good to go?

Thanks SO much........
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I am not real auto mechanically inclined, but I am able to build most anything. If you don't mind, I would like to clarify.... There is really nothing on the front or back that I need to worry about coming apart. I simply can unbolt, slide it out, protect the front and back parts from getting dirty or gritty and then plug the front yoke and I am good to go?

Thanks SO much........



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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:40 PM   #9
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You got it!
Now I simply need to find something to plug the yoke...I am sure I can get creative and find something.......
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Find a rear drive shaft at a junk yard and remove the yoke from it to slide into your trans and your good to go, I would bungee cord it to the trans so it won't bounnce out.
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Unread 10-12-2006, 12:51 PM   #11
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Find a rear drive shaft at a junk yard and remove the yoke from it to slide into your trans and your good to go, I would bungee cord it to the trans so it won't bounnce out.
Thanks...now I just have to find time to go to a junk yard and get one......
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Thanks...now I just have to find time to go to a junk yard and get one......




Sorry, can't help you there.
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Unread 10-13-2006, 10:24 PM   #13
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make sure you remember to install it back on before you drive it...lol...
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Unread 10-17-2006, 06:41 AM   #14
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Find a rear drive shaft at a junk yard and remove the yoke from it to slide into your trans and your good to go, I would bungee cord it to the trans so it won't bounnce out.
I have had someone tell me to simply unbolt at the rear and leave the driveshaft in place, but wire it up ( with some strong wire or coat hangers ) and go on down the road...... Your thoughts?
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I have had someone tell me to simply unbolt at the rear and leave the driveshaft in place, but wire it up ( with some strong wire or coat hangers ) and go on down the road...... Your thoughts?



That wouldn't be the way I would handle it. There are just some things you don't take short cuts on.
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