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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-30-2001, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Would it hurt anything to remove the rear driveshaft then put the truck in 4wd and drive it? I am trying to isolate a noise and check to see if it is a u-joint? Thanks in advance.

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Re: removing drive shaft

I drove from atlanta to Ocala Fl. on front shaft when the rear broke.The front finally gave out in ocala. Differnt feeling driving it but it was ok for a while. You will be fine for a short test. Good luck.



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Yea, you'll be OK. Like Frank, I helped a buddy drive his '90 Suburban with a blown out rear from Flint, Michigan to Madison, Wisconsin. It drives funny...(feels like the truck is being pulled along by the front tires!) but it was fine. Just try and keep it under 70 mph, LOL

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Re: removing drive shaft

I started to just slide the whole drive shaft out of the transfer case without separating the yoke from the driveshaft and some fluid started spilling out. Can I go ahead and slide it out without disassembling the u-joint on the front of the shaft without loosing too much fluid? Will it spew fluid if I drive it without the yoke in the t-case?

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Re: removing drive shaft

you can pull the yoke from the output shaft and it'll be fine. a little fluid out is normal.

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Re: removing drive shaft

likl fluid out is alright i velieve...vut whats stopping you from taping a piece of plastic over the opening..i.e. a plastic bag? just a though
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I drove on my front end for about 2 weeks when I blew out my rear end. I was just careful when I was turning sharp not to floor it or anything.


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Re: removing drive shaft

I thought of that but wasn't sure if it would fill up and fall off anyway and didn't know just how much fluid would come out. After driving without anything, this might have helped but it seems like a lot of fluid came out in just driving a couple miles under 45 mph. I ended up adding 2 quarts of fluid back into the t-case. What keeps water from entering the t-case when driving in water that is deeper that the t-case sits? I see that there is a rubber seal that the yoke sits in but the seal has a small hole at the bottom to allow excess fluid to drain. What keeps water from entering the hole or even around the seal because it doesn't seem very tight?

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