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Axle Help!!! Please!!!

I've got an '08 Unlimited Rubicon on 38.5's. The rear pinion gear broke so I've been driving on the front axle and haven't had issues until recently when one of the tires developed a small leak; she started pulling to the left so when I got to work I checked and filled the tires. I've kept them filled as best I can but something's started to bind up after any time I stop the vehicle. It feels like the diff is transferring all the power to one side and it'll pull real hard to the left. It's weird cause it'll pulls from the get-go but it builds up as I try to drive forward. Making a left turn exasperates the issue and if you give it too much gas or try to take a hard/fast right it bangs and pops; it'll work itself "loose" and stop if you force it hard enough but I really don't want to break the axle... reversing will make it pop a little but not too bad but otherwise doesn't seem to do much... once you've gotten it "loose" it'll drive fine but as soon as you come to a complete stop (like stopping for gas or parking) it binds back up... any ideas guys? I'm doing some training for the Army and am out in KY at the moment so I REALLY need to get this fixed so I can go back to PA when the training's done; feel free to PM, email, or call me... Thanks guys!

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I hope you opened it up and took it apart at least, did you pull out the pinion and all the metal chunks?

I guess you'd need the pinion to keep oil in there, I guess you could take off the ring gear and clean it up, but I'd be worried about it locking up

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Sounds more like your right front caliper is starting to freeze..
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I hope you opened it up and took it apart at least, did you pull out the pinion and all the metal chunks?

I guess you'd need the pinion to keep oil in there, I guess you could take off the ring gear and clean it up, but I'd be worried about it locking up

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I did that for the rear. It's the front that's acting up now and I haven't had the time to open it up yet... unfortunately the shop's closed today so I'll have to try to get over there some other time...

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Sounds more like your right front caliper is starting to freeze..
Shit... I should have thought about that... I'll have to run outside and check it...

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Sounds more like your right front caliper is starting to freeze..
Well, I won't know for sure till I can pull it apart but the right front rotor's a bit tore up... that's why I love this site; this just didn't occur to me for some reason (I has drain bramage apparently)... thanks dude.

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Yep that's why we come here. If that's not it check unit bearing. My money is on the calliper.

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Ah he wanted help fast. Didn't even notice the number or is that part of your signature?

Either way I wonder what would happen if you had your phone number up when your needing help with something. The jeep help line....lol

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Yeah, I didn't use to worry about that on this site but that was before they sold out to Adzilla and there weren't nearly as many people on it...

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Good catch. Re the rear diff. If you must drive it pull out the rear carrier and remove the ring gear. Put the carrier back in and button everything up. If nothing else is broken inside the axle you can at least drive it without risk of it seizing up or grenading. Don't forget to refill with gear oil.


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