This weekend while driving my jeep on the highway it started vibrating horribly at the front end almost as if the front drive shaft wasn’t balanced or something, it got worse when on the throttle so I pulled over to have a look. There was smoke coming from the transfer case where the front axle meets the TC. Also, I noticed that the tears in my CV boots were much worse than I thought; I have been planning to swap them out this month thinking they would last a bit longer but could the CV axle cause this vibration too?
What’s weird is that I had to restart my jeep to get it out of the way and the majority of the issues went away. No more vibration or loud noise. However, I can definitely hear a humming/ slight grinding when its moving now especially while coasting off the throttle.
I have no idea where to start here. Obviously replace the cv axles, but as far as the vibration…swap the TC, rebuild, new chains????
I didn't realize how easy it was to remove the shaft as I have never done it before. I just took another look under the car this morning, the CV on the front drive shaft is definitely destroyed. I am going to take it off tomorrow before I go about buying another TC.
Is there anything wrong with taking the shaft off and leaving it off until i get the replacement CV?
I went under the jeep this weekend to try and get the drive shaft out but it seems like its seized on there. Im going to give it a nice coat of pb or wd-40 and give it ago again later tomorrow. Also, when I was taking the bolts out i did notice some water leaking out around the bolts and a bit of oil coming out at the diff side, is this normal?