Originally Posted by thatguy2010
Aaron, I went to ACE in Virginia and bought all the parts to make it and it was ridiculously expensive. I spent almost 40 bucks making the tool. as for this question I don't know what's causing this but my front axle shafts won't stay "supported" I guess you could say, these seals are the only thing that kept up the axles in place and when they started to go my front axle sounded like a jackhammer going down the road. I took out my front axle shafts until I got home from deployment to find the issue. I'd like to get this fixed but Idk what the hell is causing it....any oppinions? sorry to derail.
I hit up Tractor Supply for the pipe, cap, and floor fitting to make the tool. Guess a person would just have to research the price first in their area. I was unable to find the tool to buy for under $60 and i didnt want to wait for it to ship. As for your axles....Good news/bad news. It sounds like the needle bearing inside hub unit bearing (wheel bearing) that the axles shaft rides on is bad and/or the bearing in the locking hub for 4wd. I actually had this happen to me too so you aren't alone. In my case, the damaged needle bearing trashed the polished surface of the axles shaft that it rides on and then the locking hub bearing was overloaded and ended up trashed too. Good news is the auto parts stores here were able to get just the needle bearing so I didn't have to replace the whole unit, bad news is, if the axle shaft is scored too bad it will probably need replaced. I searched pretty extensively around here and online and believe it or not, the cheapest place to buy a stub shaft was the dealership. Still cost me $280 iirc, but at least I was able to find JUST the outer shaft. If you have more questions about t PM me and I will do the best I can to explain it.