1997 ford explorer AWD front drive shaft problem...
Is there a front drive shaft on this vehicle? Took it into be srviced and mechanic said my front end grind (sounds like muffler dragging in front) was my drive shaft needing replacement. Price tag $655 ouch any suggestions our used part dealers?
Re: 1997 ford explorer AWD front drive shaft problem...
Try getting a free quote from several reputable shops before deciding to throw down your money on something your not certain of. Im not dissing your mechanic by any means, it doesnt cost anything to get another opinion or two or three....Its your money!
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My 1997 Ford Explorer AWD has shocks in the front.
Also, if yours has shocks, be certain you get replacement shocks for AWD/4WD and not 2WD versions. They are not the same; the 2WD shocks have a longer body/shorter rod that will rub on the drive shaft--at least until they are sufficient bent/dented to clear the shaft (at which time they may not be working so well any longer, having leaked...) ;-)
Yes you can, If you have taken the front drive shaft off, you can even still drive with the CV joint in place till you want to remove it. You may get some vibration around corners till you replace the CV joint or remove it totally.
But if your going to remove it, might as well wait till you have the replacement so you only do the job once. I had a Bad CV joint on a AWD Chevy van and did the same thing so i could still use it, and then replaced the CV joint when the weather got better.
Good luck and hope this helps.