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Unread 10-24-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Wife took her Jeep to the dealer today because I found the front diff bushing is shot. They said they're gonna replace the rack under warranty ( reg $1400 repair) cause that's where they say the clunk is from. The diff bushing isn't covered under the warranty. They wanted $600 to do the front diff bushing. Lol. I just ordered all three mounts online for $175. I'll have this done in 4hrs tops. All. Oem Mopar parts. They wanna put a brand new rack in for my $100 deductible, go for it! Take advantage of any warranty you guys have!!

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Unread 10-24-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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Better than $1400!
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Unread 10-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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Wife took her Jeep to the dealer today because I found the front diff bushing is shot. They said they're gonna replace the rack under warranty ( reg $1400 repair) cause that's where they say the clunk is from. The diff bushing isn't covered under the warranty. They wanted $600 to do the front diff bushing. Lol. I just ordered all three mounts online for $175. I'll have this done in 4hrs tops. All. Oem Mopar parts. They wanna put a brand new rack in for my $100 deductible, go for it! Take advantage of any warranty you guys have!!
There is a great write-up in here on swapping the front diff bushings. I'm on android otherwise I'd post a link but it is also in the diy stickies IIRC.

Brand new rack plus labor for 100 bones = Bonus!
Good for you!
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Unread 10-24-2013, 06:36 PM   #4
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There is a great write-up in here on swapping the front diff bushings. I'm on android otherwise I'd post a link but it is also in the diy stickies IIRC. Brand new rack plus labor for 100 bones = Bonus! Good for you!
I'll help ya out! http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f67/h...ement-1299567/
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Unread 10-25-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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Thanks for the link. I have read that thread before. I'll be doing it on my back in the driveway and I'm hoping to have it go well. I've got all the tools, just wish I had a lift.
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Unread 10-25-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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just wish I had a lift.

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Unread 10-31-2013, 08:34 AM   #7
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Update: They installed a new rack and outer tie rod ends. Aligned it all for $100. Warranty is good to have. I'm gonna see how much stuff I can get them to replace before it runs out.
This weekend I attack the diff bushings and fluid change for the frt diff and tcase. Next week I'll do the rear diff fluid.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 09:15 AM   #8
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^^^ good to hear.........good luck w/ the rest of the to do list!
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Unread 10-31-2013, 09:59 AM   #9
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Changing the front diff. bushings is not a picnic. Hope you have an air chisel and a good assortment to tools.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 01:56 PM   #10
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Oh yeah. Air tools, air chisel, sawzall, ball joint press and a roll around full of tools. Just wish I had a lift or a pit to work under the jeep.
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Unread 10-31-2013, 02:02 PM   #11
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Oh yeah. Air tools, air chisel, sawzall, ball joint press and a roll around full of tools. Just wish I had a lift or a pit to work under the jeep.
Sounds like you got all you need for it! The lift would help but it can be done without, good luck!
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Unread 10-31-2013, 04:33 PM   #12
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Unread 11-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #13
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Ok. The bushings ARE a PIA. The bolt on the pinion bushing is stupid to get to. It took me about 3hrs to do it by myself but can do it faster now I know the way. Also with the OME lift the diff won't drop down enough to clear the passenger side mount. I had to jack up the a arm to get the axle angled right. It took about 5 seconds with the air chisel to remove the bushing. That was the easiest part of the job! I replaced the pinion bushing and front mount/ bushing. The passenger sir mount was perfect yet.
The second hard part was getting the stupid fill plug outta the front diff cover. I had to make a 9/16" Allen socket and use a breaker bar to get it out! Friggin kids at the dealer and their impact guns set for strip/ melt the bolts in!!!! 1 1/2hrs to change diff and transfer case fluid!!! Unreal!!!
Anyway, it's done and the clunks and creaks are gone! It's beer o'clock!!!!
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Unread 11-02-2013, 12:16 PM   #14
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Here's the bad bushings.
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Unread 11-11-2013, 11:44 AM   #15
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Can this be done without air tools?

I also need to replace these bushings but I don't have access to air tools is it possiable to get the top bushing out without a air chisel?
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