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Old 12-27-2011, 11:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can I drive without front drive shaft?

trying to find the cause of grinding and occasional squeal under my truck. Can I remove the front drive shaft to see if the noise stops? I just want to drive long enough to see if it is the cause of the noise.
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Yes, its no problem at all.
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I do all the time, it gains me 1.5 mpg haha
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Thanks guys. Going to remove it in the morning.
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I do all the time, it gains me 1.5 mpg haha
Are you serious? You really gain that much?
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Old 12-29-2011, 02:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 12-29-2011, 03:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Noise is GONE! When I removed the front drive shaft the grind noise that i thought was brake rotors is gone. The squeal that was getting really bad is gone too! I turned the shaft by hand and could not get this to make the noise but now that it is off the truck, the noise is completely gone. Now to find out the best u-joints to replace these. I had these replaced by a shop with precision brand from o'reilly about 60,000 miles ago. Don't want to use same ones again. I will search the forum and see what others are using in this front shaft. Any suggestions?
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Make sure the cardon joint between the double u-joints has absolutly no play in the centering bearing shaft and bearing. If this joint fails it can cause a lot of damage up to destroying the transfer case. Sometimes this joint cannot but be rebuilt and the shaft must be replaced or a good driveshaft shop can remove the centering bearing shaft and weld a new one on.
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Are you serious? You really gain that much?
I did haha. Now a factor in that was that the joints where shot so with good joints you might not gain as much when removing the shaft.

60,000 on u joints and u want a different company?? Little tall order there pal these drive shafts spin all the time which is why the joints go out so often on the front. I have precision joints on the rear and front and are good. I do keep spares on the truck too just in case. On a truck this size if your working it at all expect u joints every 50k.
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Ha I just did the same thing but opposite, pulled my rear driveshaft and drove around in 4hi to see if the noise was ujoints or transfer case. It was joints
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I had that intermediate bearing go out on my front shaft. Ground like hell in FWD. Took it to my dealer and they said its pretty much non servicable. They put in a whole new front drive shaft with U Joints. UNDER WARRRANTY! was at 77K miles. Unbelievable. Good Luck
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The cv joint in my front drive shaft exploded on the interstate in Minnesota at 517,901 miles. They could not get a drive shaft for several days.

Had them remove it and converted it to a 2 wheel drive until I got home later in the week.

I had been noticing a noise in 4 wd and had tried to not use it when it suddenly became more noticeable in regular mode before its failure.

I run precision U joints in my truck and only one u joint gives me a problem. The rear one. It usualy dies at 90,000. It made it to 98,000 this time.
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