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Broke 4x4 ing

Broke my Sh** yesterday.

I'll start with my truck. 99 b4000 4x4 3.73's sitting on 33's with explorer front axles and hubs.

Friend got stuck went to pull him out now there is a god awful noise coming from somewhere under the truck when Im in 4x4 (hi or low). 2 wd is fine. Nothing looks broken, although i noticed a bit of play in my front right CV axle where it goes into the diff houseing (not very bad bearing in the diff maybe?) it has some up and down play and is leaking a little from the seal. Not too sure if its the transfer case or not,as I would assume that any problems with the front would happen all the time since the wheels are always engauged to the front diff. Sounds kind of like a Ping/ binding noise, I can feel it under my feet as well.

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Have you tried snapping the CV shaft back into the axle housing? There is a clip in there, maybe it just pushed out?
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Have you tried snapping the CV shaft back into the axle housing? There is a clip in there, maybe it just pushed out?
what he said
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Where is the clip located? is it right by the axle housing? or is under the cv boot??
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Where is the clip located? is it right by the axle housing? or is under the cv boot??
Also I have noticed that the axle kinda moves in and out a little....
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on the end of the shaft on the cv that goes into the axle housing, they just slide in and out and the c-clip holds them in there
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on the end of the shaft on the cv that goes into the axle housing, they just slide in and out and the c-clip holds them in there
?? Is the clip on the inside of the housing?? any pics?? do i just need to pull out the shaft put a new clip on and push it back in??
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the clip is fine, what we are saying it that if there is movement that the cv might have popped out. See if you can push the cv shaft back in
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the clip is fine, what we are saying it that if there is movement that the cv might have popped out. See if you can push the cv shaft back in
I'll try that tomorrow, I'll keep you posted. Thanks for the help
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If not then you probably need to take it apart and see what is going on
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Idk if the clip is necessarily fine, I started breaking them when I had to swap the last few CV shafts..

check and make sure the pinion nut is tight, that also came loose on my truck.
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Idk if the clip is necessarily fine, I started breaking them when I had to swap the last few CV shafts..
that's just cause your too rough, got to have that gently touch
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the gentle touch didn't work.. I worked my way up lol
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Ok the cv shaft was fine and in.

Also took off the front drive shaft and noise went away. I noticed that one of the u joint ends (by the front diff housing on the drive shaft) was siezed and not moving at all. Had to put it in a vise and use leverage and muscle to move it a little. Could that cause the other end (Im going to call it the CV style end) by the transfer case to bind?? and make that noise? Like i said took the front drive shaft out drove around in 4x4(sort of) and no sound.

So im thinking of trying to change the u joint first because its cheap and easier to do then the transfer case.

Any other suggestions?? Thanks for the help guys
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I do suppose you could try the joint if it isnt too much money.

And damn alot of people have problems with they're CV's. I have done alot of 4x4 low launches and never had a single problem? (Knocks on wood)
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Also I could not get the flange off of the transfer case when I was trying to take the driveshaft out. Took out the 6 long bolts...hammered the bit** and pryed on it but couldnt get it off so i just pulled it out the flange. any clues on how to get it off???
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