How To: Change front driveshaft / change a driveshaft head

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  1. CWBenjamin

    CWBenjamin Full Access Member

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    I get a thunking/clacking sound from the front end when I turn in 4wd. I have read that it is likely the front axel cv joint... The front of the front axel has the boot and it all looks nice and good to go, but the rear part of the front axel has no boot and appears to be exposed... Is it supposed to look the same as the front of the axel with a boot and all that?
    Has anyone had that sound happen only in 4wd and only when turning, and been able to confirm that it comes from that location?
     
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    Fist thing you should never turn to sharp in 4x4
    next if rear boot is missing on the front driveshaft, go to www.driveshaftparts.com and but a replacement/rebuild kit
     
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    Great. While waiting for it, you can figure out how to get it out!
    have fun. it's a little tricky but do-able.
     
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    I already got it all done! I test drove it and it doesn't make the sound anymore. Can definitely hear it making a deeper whining sound as the turning angle gets sharper in 4wd.. I guess the 4wd isn't supposed to handle sharp turns nor be used on pavement?
     
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    No sharp turns and depending on which transfer case you have no on roads or other hard surfaces
     
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    Thank you sir! How do I determine which case I have? I have a 2003 Liberty, 4wd automatic 3.7 / 6cyl
     
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    look at your 4WD options by the lever.
    only 4FT can be used on all surfaces.
     
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    I agree with the comment "

    Great. While waiting for it, you can figure out how to get it out!
    have fun. it's a little tricky but do-able." from uss2defiant...

    Mine was not at all easy to get out... They show all you have to do is to angle the back of the drive shaft up and pull the front out... There is little room to create the angle that will allow the front of the shaft to be removed... The armor plates on the bottom of my Renegade added to my frustrations...
    Dave
     
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    ^^^ Even trickier on a KK because an oxygen sensor has to be removed before you can have space to get the front driveshaft off. Those O2 sensors can be stuck pretty good!
     
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