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Old 07-23-2017, 11:43 PM
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Hey guys.
I've been having a small vibration that I wasn't sure what it was. I was going to try to have my tires balanced. So I'm on a trip from Lawrence KS to Columbia MO with my 4 littles all of a sudden the vibration got worse then something let go. Then lots of grinding. I looked under my Ex to find fluid pouring out. Upon closer inspection I saw the transfer case part that has the front drive shaft part completely broke in half. After disengaging the hub the grinding seemed to stop and I could move with no grinding. I limped it to the next exit and pulled off the road. I was able to pull pieces out from above the trans support to hopefully keep stuff from jamming up. Does the trans and transfer case share fluid? Can I drive home still? Any help would be appreciated!
Thanks Jon

**Update** I got home ok. After I disengaged the hubs stuff stopped grinding and I drove it home. Got it pulled apart yesterday, pics to come soon.

Thanks ToolmakerRob for the help
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Old 07-28-2017, 11:02 PM
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No, it does not share fluid.
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Thanks N2GN2.

Made it home. Pics to come soon.
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Glad you and the fam made it home safely!!!!

It's easy to be a critic, so...

Why were hubs locked?

Why didn't anyone diagnosing vibration notice that?

If hubs have been locked for a long time, you'll need to inspect front axle components. Your vibration was likely from failed hub axle seals (inside the knuckle). If these get sloppy enough, they take out locking hubs, the little needle bearing inside unit bearing that stub shaft rides on, then the stub shaft and u-joint. And possibly inner axle seals depending on where you've been driving...
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