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Old 10-04-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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Remove front driveshaft on AWD Mountaineer

I believe I have a bad transfer case causing a thumping noise when in motion. Is it safe to completely remove the front drive shaft and only rely on RWD from here on out? Or at least until I can afford a new xfer case. One local shop tells me that removing the front shaft will throw an error code and screw up the transmission but that is contrary to what I've read on here. I don't need the AWD since I live in GA where it snows once every 5 years, and no way I'm getting on the roads with other nutjobs in those conditions!!

If it is safe to remove, how do I go about doing so? I wasn't able to find any instructions by searching.

Any help is greatly appreciated in advance!!

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Old 10-06-2010, 12:45 PM   #2
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My t-case went out on my 02 mounty and I removed the front drive shaft to see if it was the T- case. I drove it like this for 2 weeks no problems here.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:48 PM   #3
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Yah, I thought I had a bad viscous coupling so i disconeccted mine aswell, I didnt seem to have any problems. theres like 6 small bolts that connect it to the transfer case( i recomend a universal socket joint and some extention) and starbit or something to take off the universal joint on the front diff.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:42 PM   #4
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there are about 6-8 8mm bolts on the transfer case end and you will need a t30 torx bit to disconnect the u joint from the front diff. there are four bolts there.




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Old 10-10-2010, 09:09 PM   #5
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But will this throw a code or kill the tranny? I bet it would help the MPG on mine.
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:47 PM   #6
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But will this throw a code or kill the tranny? I bet it would help the MPG on mine.
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Your transmission will not have a clue that the front shaft is missing. I drove my '04 with the front shaft OFF the vehicle for quite awhile, no trouble code generated, no problems.

But, it strikes me that IF you are experiencing some problem within the transfer case, how will front shaft removal change anything in it? Everything in the AWD design turns ALL the TIME, so unless the noise is originating AT, or FORWARD of, the viscous clutch powering the front shaft, it seems doubtful conditions will change with the shaft removed.

If you go ahead, the transfer case end MUST be disconnected first, according to Ford Shop Manual, to avoid damaging the seal boot within the coupling, which consists of a funky-looking C-V joint. The shaft is connected to it by 6 bolts which are loc-tited in place at the factory; I broke 2 sockets loosening them. The front end of the shaft needs a Torx key to remove the 4 screws fastening the straps which secure the standard-type U-joint there.

I hate those Torx jobbies, so replaced mine with Grade 8 Socket Head Cap Screws- they are 1/4-inch 28 thread bolts, good old standard non-metric! The transf. case end ARE metric, I forget the size, but I replaced them with SHCS screws also. imp
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Old 10-13-2010, 01:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for the clarification fellas. I'm going to try and undertake this over the weekend and hopefully I don't screw anything up hah.

Also, does anyone know if there is a (harmonic?) balancer attached to the front driveshaft somehow? Friend and I were pressing in new upper and lower ball joints last weekend and couldn't figure out what some of the components were up front :/




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Old 10-13-2010, 01:03 PM   #8
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i took minb e out had no prob except if u dont put ur emergency brake on it will roll away
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:41 PM   #9
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Is the transfer case sealed still with the drive shaft removed?




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Old 12-02-2010, 11:08 AM   #10
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Will the transfer case leak fluid with the drive shaft out?




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Old 12-02-2010, 11:19 AM   #11
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I was driving with out a front drive shaft and didn't have any problems.. but mine is 4x4 not AWD




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Old 12-02-2010, 01:00 PM   #12
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It is still sealed after the shaft is removed, and no it will not leak. (unless you have other issues that would cause it to leak)




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Old 02-23-2014, 04:42 PM   #13
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Did you notice any 1st gear problems? I removed my front driveshaft and my 1st gear doesn't respond well wondering if it was normal? drives fine after 1st.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:57 PM   #14
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Your transmission should shift the same as it did with the front shaft installed. Mine was out when I bought the truck and shifted absolutely fine. Sounds like something else is wrong.... maybe VC is slipping?
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:03 PM   #15
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same issue

trying this weekend..
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