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post #1 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Driving with broken U-joint to rear drive shaft

Hello, this is my first post and I apologize in advance if this question has been asked 100 times before. I have a mostly 86’ CJ7. I have only just started to get to know it and yesterday I stupidly drove into this tall grass on my property (without bothering to see what it was concealing) and hit a big rock that broke the front U-joint of the rear drive shaft. It broke the removable strap that holds it on and I unknowingly continued up the hill with front wheels only until I lost traction. First question: If I remove the rear drive shaft altogether in the field, will I damage anything if I drive it in 4WD low with just the front wheels (hopefully the answer is no because I already drive a short distance this way)? Second question: I am normally rational and reasoning, why do I seem to get stupid when I get behind the wheel of this Jeep? Thanks for any answers.

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 08:09 PM
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You should be able to drive with just front wheel drive for short distances without incurring any issues. I wouldn't drive it out on the freeway, but for a short drives its ok.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 08:12 PM
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It wonít hurt to drive short distance with only front drive. Probably okay in 4-High.
Lot of folks do stupid things when they get behind wheel of a Jeep! Welcome to our group!

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 08:16 PM
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4HI, and you're fine.
Steering will be funky.
Drove mine over 100miles home with the rear DS out in 4HI.
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post #5 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 09:24 PM
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Pull the rear and go. Drove one home 2 hours in front wheel drive when a rear locker broke. Bit of torque steer, but that also could have been from the front locker.

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 09:59 PM
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No issues at all. Drive like a sane human being and don't push things you can get home. Yank the rear drive shaft out and go about your way. The other easy fix to help eliminate your worries is carry trail spares that you can replace when you break. You have a CJ-7 so super easy to work on and repair. Great Jeep in my opinion. Each time I go out and break or someone in the group breaks I learn a new trail fix and learn new weaknesses which helps me increase the trail spares I carry. Trail spares are your friend!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-24-2019, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much. The Jeep is actually up in the woods on my own property, so I only want to drive it out of the woods to fix it on my driveway.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 08:00 AM
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This reminds me of the one and only time I disconnected my rear driveshaft to flat-tow my CJ, as so many recommend. While attempting to re-connect the driveshaft in the mud at hunt camp, I snapped off one of the retaining screws in the yoke. Without the proper tools to fix it in camp, we resorted to front wheel drive only for the week long hunt, which limited the areas we could travel to.

I will never disconnect my driveshaft to flat-tow again.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 10:31 AM
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4HI, and you're fine.
Steering will be funky.
Drove mine over 100miles home with the rear DS out in 4HI.
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Pull the rear and go. Drove one home 2 hours in front wheel drive when a rear locker broke. Bit of torque steer, but that also could have been from the front locker.
Yep, noticed the torque steer when I drove mine with the rear shaft removed also. Never expected it to be so pronounced.
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 11:02 AM
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Dittos on the torque steer, front tires tires lose traction easily when taking off from a stop, especially if there is any gravel on the blacktop. At 75 on the freeway I could not tell any difference at all.

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post #11 of 11 Old 07-25-2019, 05:23 PM
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I think you first question has been answered and I agree with everyone on that. The answer to your second question is, if you had a Corvette, would you drive it like a grandma? Of course not. You are going to wait to feel that power and you'll probably get a couple tickets. So this is a Jeep. Not alot of difference except it's 4wd and they're legendary off road, so you enjoy the freedom it gives you and before you know it your telling people "hey! Watch this!" Next thing you know woops "I don't know how that mud got all over it sweetheart!" Haha sounds like you're on your way to the Jeep addiction. Welcome to the group.
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