Removing front driveshaft in 2000 WJ
I recently acquired a 2000 GC Laredo, V8 4.7L. My first Jeep. I'm loving it so far and trying to work my way through some of the mechanical issues (212k miles).
One issue identified early on is that the front driveshaft is damaged or just worn as it has some play (you can freely rotate it about an inch either way). There's been an increasingly noisy vibration coming from underneath that I believe is probably the driveshaft (I have already ruled out the transmission, engine and tires as the source, and the rear differential fluid is clean and it doesn't heat up even after 800 miles).
Assuming this is the source of my noise, I was planning on removing it. If I remove the front driveshaft from this vehicle, for probably a week, will I experience any ill effects? I have been told that I shouldn't be concerned - that the transfer case won't leak and it will operate just fine as 2WD until I replace it. Is this correct?