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Old 05-13-2005
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Can I drive without the front axle half-shafts?

Just like the title says. Can I drive without the front half shafts or will it screw something up by doing so? Thanks..
 
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um the only thing i could think of the front diff leaking fluid out of where the shafts went in
 
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that or dirt able to get in there and mess with stuff. if you were to cover the holes in some way then youd be alright as long as you stay out of the dirt.
 
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Originally Posted by SoundPer4mance
um the only thing i could think of the front diff leaking fluid out of where the shafts went in
As long as I dont damage the seal removing them, I should be ok.

Yea I'm gonna tape the holes closed so nothing gets in.

With the PVH being a seperate assembly and only a plastic snap ring holding the axle in, I figure it wont be a problem like the live axles...

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Explain... the hub is a sealed assembly, hows it going to "fall apart"
 
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i don't see how it could be a prob....heard people doing it when they get a rear that has gears lower (4.56) and the front doesn't
 
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Old 05-16-2005
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I don't know what holds the bearing to the spindle on the PVH but on the live axle you take the cv axle out and your wheel will fall off.
 
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you cant run without the cv shaft! you will leak all of the fluid out of the diff.
It is a pressed in bearing..it would work if the fluid wouldnt leak!
 
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Old 05-17-2005
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Originally Posted by 04 EDGE
the hub is just pressed into the bearing and the CV shaft/nut holds it all together.

try it and let us know what happens.
of course i already know what is going to happen.
Not true with the PVH

But you hit it Tommy, it will **** gear oil, so that is the answer, nope cant drive it...unless... na better not risk it...
 
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lmao thats right!
SUX!
 
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04 EDGE is right, I tried driving without cv's and got about 10 miles before my bearings blew apart, the wheel took off and i flipped the bi*ch. The only good thing that came about it, is that there is one less ford on the planet.
 
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Why would you even want to? Just pull the front drive shaft?
 
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the last post was almost 6 years ago....

and why would you even join a Ford forum if you're going to talk sh*t about them. I suggest you leave so we have one less idiot on here
 
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I'm just trying to save some lives by telling people not to try this, and trying to save people money and headaches by telling them not to buy a ford
 
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OMG dude! Where were you in 1999 when I first started buying Fords!!! I mean DAMN!!! If I had known that I could have saved money AND headaches I NEVER would have bought Fords!!!!! Spread the word my savior!!!!!!
 
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If you don't have a Ranger and just came on to bash there is no reason for you to be here. Cya
 
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weezel?
 
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Originally Posted by silverfox View Post
weezel?
Smakes?
D?
imprezu?


lol @ D but i bet it was my 3rd guess and if it is then he didn't get ip'ed or hes on a proxy haha
 
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Reasons (obviously) are because (1. the shaft is bad and can't be driven as-is) and (2. pulling front shaft does jack schitt) you have to either pull and/or replace the shaft . In my case (blown head gasket w/sealer, tires good about another year, other stuff only good about a year or less so don't want to put ANY more $ into it that necessaray) will NOT need 4x4 so why spend so much?
I have an idea to share. IF it is bad and you know for sure (and since axle does not hold wheel on but does hold bearing together... ONE solution and easy-fix is CUT IT IN HALF WITH TORCH wihich require NO ball joint disassembly, actually very easy. Pull shat out of differential and either cut off axle spline and weld piece on end to bolt is thru hub or just buy a nut-bolt-washer combo to go thru hub to hold bearing together. Not sure how well differential likes ONE shaft-only so I'd do it to both sides. *(if plan on fixing later do NOT cut in half, spend the effort to take apart so repairable later. **buy metal caps to tap into differential axle holes where shafts were.
 
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Can you not read the post dates? Did you completely miss the earlier comment about bumping a six year old thread? Did you not even read the rest of the posts in this thread that already answered the question?

Slow the **** down and read the entire thread before you decide to make another useless post.
 
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