Front Differential Catastrophic Failure

DiscoHasBeen

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I had something similar happen to my Wrangler. The inner bearings failed, which allowed some of the components to shift, which led to broken teeth and all kinds of other s***. Anyway, I replaced everything. It being a Jeep parts were cheap and readily available online. My brother-in-law is a nut about Jeeps so he knew a guy that was willing to do the work for me. Pulled the dif, loaded it in the truck, loaded up all the parts, took it to his house. A couple of weeks later picked it up, stuck it back in the Jeep, all was well.

If you have another set of wheels take the time and do it right, that's my opinion. Especially since you say you're keeping the rig. Why take the chance on having the F with it again later down the road.
 

Blue

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That isn't a slope that I'd worry about at all. Proper jack stands, engaged parking brake, chocked rear wheels, you're fine. But I'd push it into the garage anyway to have some shade and privacy and security so you can leave all the pieces and tools scattered about. We could probably push it in with a couple floor jacks under the front axle. I can bring one over and I'm sure Fitz has one too!
 
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donniefitz2

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That isn't a slope that I'd worry about at all. Proper jack stands, engaged parking brake, chocked rear wheels, you're fine. But I'd push it into the garage anyway to have some shade and privacy and security so you can leave all the pieces and tools scattered about. We could probably push it in with a couple floor jacks under the front axle. I can bring one over and I'm sure Fitz has one too!
Yep. No need to even have the tools spread out for long (the driveway is fine). If you buy that complete axle, we'll have it mounted in like 2...maybe 3 hours, max.

This is really not a big deal at all. It would take twice as long to read this 3 page forum thread than it will to replace that axle in the driveway with a Crescent Wrench and a pry bar.

I have the tools and the will to win. When you get back in town, we'll make it happen. I might make YouTube a video out of it if you're down with that.