Will it hurt anything running my jeep without a front axle shaft if I plug the axle tube. My drivers side snapped and I don't have the funds to go with aftermarket axles. Stock shaft is on back order until March sometime. I can't find any in the US and I kinda need my jeep to get back and forth to work. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
If you're gonna do a lot of highway driving, I would recommend removing the other axle shaft as well. Drain some of the diff fluid and stuff a shop rag in each tube.
Running one axle shaft for long periods of time, at highway speeds will cause the spider and side gears(in your diff's carrier) to get very hot. They will be constantly turning at a much higher rate of speed than they are designed to run. This is o.k. to get you off the trail, but not for long periods of time at highway speeds.
Removing the other shaft will allow you to run all day at any speed, and your diff components won't even be moving at all. Draining some of the fluid will just minimize the potential mess.
I'm in West Virginia, I went ahead just pulled both sides out and sealed the crap out of the tubes.I think my parents are gonna bail me out and order me alloys.I have to pay them back of course. Its sad 29 years old and bummin money off mommy.Don't tell anyone!lol