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Front axles Jeep Cherokee

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Looking at a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. It needs to have 2 front axles (maybe it is the u joint) replaced. It makes a clicking sound when the 4WD is engaged. I am not a mechanic this is how it was explained to me. How bad or expensive is this?

 

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sounds like a u joint, could be on the front drive shaft or on the axle itself. Most likely if it is only when 4wd is engaged they are bad on the drive shaft. When I replaced mine they were 20 bucks each.

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It is actually fairly easy to do on your own. Three bolts for the wheel bearing and a hefty bolt, like a 21mm, for the axle nut. U-Joints are maybe ten dollars a piece. Learn how to do them yourself and save the cash.

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I believe it is a 27mm and I went with the better u joints for 20 bucks a piece. It was not hard just hard to press the old one out. Get a haynes manual for 15 bucks and they outline it pretty well. You should learn how to do it because if one is going that means the rest are right around the corner.

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Get a socket that fits just inbetween the hole for the u-joint. Put the axle in a vice or something so the u joint can move enough to get the caps out. Hammer one side out until you can pull one of the caps off. Repeat for the other side. Reassembly works the same way. That's the way I was taught to change them on the trail and it does save a little bit in the long run.

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