No driving without the front axle shafts?

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No driving without the front axle shafts?

Postby sharkmobil » Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:58 pm

Removed the shafts to have them rebuilt. Plugged in the differential.
Get into gear, release the clutch, but truck does not move.

Is this normal? Is there a pressure sensor in the front diff or something? Is there a way to override?

p.S. The truck is M/T.
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Re: No driving without the front axle shafts?

Postby f5fstop » Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:04 am

Need to also remove the front drive shaft. Place the vehicle in 4 wheel HI lock and drive away. As for the "plugged" diff, exactly what type of plugs are used? I do not recommend driving around with the front shafts completely removed for any amount of time. Normally, removing the front driveshaft(s) is used when off-roading and only for a very short period of time not for any extended time. I know some who break the drive axle shafts have cut off the ends to use as plugs to place inside the diff for driving around with the front driveshaft removed.
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Re: No driving without the front axle shafts?

Postby Mark » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:59 pm

Have not been on much the past week and a half due to the hurricane but glad to see you jumped in to give the right info F5 8)
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Re: No driving without the front axle shafts?

Postby sharkmobil » Sun Sep 24, 2017 11:34 pm

Thanks F5, what is the technical theory behind it?
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Re: No driving without the front axle shafts?

Postby big2dabank » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:22 am

I have an H2, so its not the same half shaft setup as the H3, but In addition to having a spare half shaft, I also keep a spare outer CV that I cut off a broken half shaft just to use to retain the wheel bearings in the hub. I have broken both shafts at the same time and this gives me the ability to use my spare and the stub to drive a long distance with out worrying about damaging the hub bearings. Why no keep two spares, honestly space is precious and the cut off outer CV does not take up too much space and its rare that I break both shafts.
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