Join Date: May 2008
Location: Marquette, Michigan
Axle Shafts, Gerotor Pumps, Clutch Plates,... oh my! Is my front axle a vari-lok?
Supposedly, my Jeep has the front Vari-Lok Axle. I have quadradrive, so this should make it so.
I have no proof of this... The jeep is at the mechanics right now having the axle seals replaced. They noted the shafts have grooves on them causing the seals to wear pre-maturely. The axle shafts were replaced a year ago (I did the work, parts from NAPA). This brought up the topic of replacing the shafts, and what ones to get (vari-lok or not). I said it needs the ones for Vari-Lok, but the mechanic says it is an open diff. We looked at it and neither of us see any clutches in there, and the wheels spin like an open diff.
So I have a few questions.
-How can a vari-lok diff be identified from looking at the inside? I can buy the fact that the system is worn out and that is why the wheels spin like the diff is open, but that would not account for the missing guts... What do the gerotor pumps look like?
-Would an axle shaft designed for a vari-lok axle fit into a non vari-lok axle (and vise-versa)? I read that the vari-lok shafts are longer. The axle shafts that I put in are for a vari-lok axle - I just checked the part numbers.
|94 XJ|4.0|NP231|AW4|8.25 Trac Lock|Lotsa miles - SOLD
|99 WJ|4.7|242HD|Vari-lok|Upcountry+BB|DT8000|Dead as of 10/29/2009
If it aint broke, fix it till it is.