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Unread 10-04-2013, 10:51 PM   #1
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front axle not turning

1999 WJ
Quadra Trac II
**NO** Quadra Drive, so no vari-loc diff.
**NO** there aren't any HUBS to lock

I jacked up my WJ, front and back, to install a 4" lift I got from Kolak. Before I started I spun the front drive shaft by hand to see what would happen. Nothing. After doing some test (i.e. starting the vehicle with all four tires off the ground, in 4 all time and 4 LO) the front axle does not spin even though the front drive shaft does. I hear a clicking or grinding sound. It sounds like a hammer drill. I will be tearing into the front diff tomorrow. Just curious if anyone has advice for me, or has gone thru this. I read a few threads and heard a lot of talk about lockers and checking the hubs. I don't have lockers, vari-loc or locking hubs. Thanks for any help any of you may have.

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Unread 10-05-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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Pull the diff cover and go from there. Sounds like a ring gear and pinion problem.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:27 PM   #3
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It was a really stupid problem. I got it 3 months ago. Apparently someone replaced the front drivers side axle. They installed a quadra drive axle. I do not have quadra drive. The axle I needed is about 1-1/2" longer but the same otherwise. The spline on the axle was engaged in the differential about 1/16" and the noise was those splines breaking loose. New axle, all better.
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