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Front Left Differential ball berrings fell out(???)

What do I need to fix the ball berrings falling out of the left differential in the front.

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  • thelwiley Dec 29, 2008

    Clarification......Hmmmm I'll try. My husband said the berrings rolled out from under the front of the vehicle. He said he looked under it and there isn't damage but where the berrings rolled out ( which he said was the right front differential (?) ) just had no berrings in it. Maybe it's the right front balljoint(?) or ???? U Joint? That's all I know. I am trying to reach my husband so he can perhaps clarify further.

  • thelwiley Dec 29, 2008

    More clarification....The berrings are about nickel sized. So do you know where they might have fallen out of? And a solution perhaps?

  • thelwiley Dec 29, 2008

    Turning to the left makes a clunking / grinding noise. Two more berrings were then on the ground

  • thelwiley Dec 29, 2008

    It is definately a 1995. Could the bearings have come from some other area? The Jeep isn't going into park now either and it was perfect yesterday. Does that shed any light on this?

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Ok. one more question... you have this posted as a 1995... Sure it's not a 2005?? In which case I would think its a c/v joint bearing.

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Been in the business for thirty years... the only ball bearings that large would be in a c/v joint and even they arent that large! About dime sized. Besides, I drive a 95 cherokee and they don't have c/v joints!!
    If some bearing that large fell out of any vehicle, something very obvious would not be working! So, whats loose or not working?? Or, really noisy?


  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    1. there are no ball bearings anywhere in your front differential. There are roller bearings in the front hub assembly and the side & pinion locations inside the differential, none of which I have ever seen fall out!!!. OR, do you have a balljoint or "u" joint problem???? If you can get the terminoligy right, I can tell you how to fix it!!!

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Jeep will still roll in park with a broken front cv joint because of the viscous coupler in the transfercase. use the emergency brake to hold it in place until you get it fixed.

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Or: I'll bet ya a buck you have a selec-track 4x4. in which case, you need to replace the c/v joint on the bad axle. The joint is encased in a rubber boot... on yours it's likely torn wide open.
To remove, first put the spare on that wheel, or remove the center cap from the wheel that's there (small screws on the inside of wheel. Once back on car, with car lowered on ground, remove center nut that holds the axle into the hub. Put the nut on backwards and give it a smack with a hammer to get the axle spline moving free in the hub. Then, lift car up, remove wheel, remove brake caliper & rotor. suspend caliper with a piece of wire or good string so as not to put tension on hose. There are three bolts that hold the hub to the steering knuckle. Remove them using the access hole in the wheel flange. Or, some are removed from behind the steering knuckle. (locate them using bolt holes in hub on wheel side as a location reference. the bolt heads are usually 12point.) Use a chisel and lots of wd40 or other solvent, working on seperating hub from knuckle till it comes free. (place chisel at the parting line and use a hammer. Once it begins to come out you can use big screwdrivers to work it the rest of the way out. (careful not to damage it) Remove the backwards nut and slide the bearing hub off.
You should be now able to slide the axle out through the bearing hole. Axles with joints assembled are now just about as cheap as just the joint alone. It's much less work to get one. To re-assemble, sand off and lube the bearing hole and mating surface on hub. before replacing bearing, also lube the spline on the axle joint with good grease. Remainder of the job is just putting back what you removed. Torque center nut to 175lbs, replace cover and cotter pin if used on your axle

Posted on Dec 29, 2008

  • Richard Scordino Dec 30, 2008

    Ya had to throw that 'park" thing in there!!! You sure you just didn't forget to turn the key back? I was happy with what I just sent you and thought everything would be OK!!!??? Keep me posted
    Good luck RS


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