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    My "03 TJ developed a squeak a couple weeks ago and it progressively got worse. I dropped it at the Jeep dealership Thursday and they said they were booked up till Tuesday but they'll try to get to it. Surprisingly I got a call Friday and the outcome was that my extended warranty expired when the odometer reached 75K, not an additional 75K after I bought the warranty. Well, I had 19 hours of overtime I hadn't spent yet so I wasn't too worried, I was thinking it was just the pinion bearing on the front diff. I was correct but they found the front prop. shaft needed replaced and the driver-side hub is loose, total damage = $999. There goes all that OT. And the best part of the deal, the front prop shaft is 3 weeks on backorder.

    What the heck is a front prop. shaft? And why would it be on backorder?

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    what front axle do you have? what year? gear ratio?
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    drive train is stock, dana 30's.

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    I'm spit-balling here, but I think that the dealership is calling either an axle shaft or your pinion gear your prop shaft. There is a prop shaft in your tranny, but they wouldn't have found that by looking at your front axle. The total price seems a little high to me. If you are mechanically inclined and can do the work yourself, I will do what I can as far as hooking you up with parts at a better price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pankake View Post
    My "03 TJ developed a squeak a couple weeks ago and it progressively got worse. I dropped it at the Jeep dealership Thursday and they said they were booked up till Tuesday but they'll try to get to it. Surprisingly I got a call Friday and the outcome was that my extended warranty expired when the odometer reached 75K, not an additional 75K after I bought the warranty. Well, I had 19 hours of overtime I hadn't spent yet so I wasn't too worried, I was thinking it was just the pinion bearing on the front diff. I was correct but they found the front prop. shaft needed replaced and the driver-side hub is loose, total damage = $999. There goes all that OT. And the best part of the deal, the front prop shaft is 3 weeks on backorder.

    What the heck is a front prop. shaft? And why would it be on backorder?
    Prop shaft is short for propeller shaft which is another name for driveshaft.

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    I would recommend you buy a used shaft and put new joints in it and price new unitized hubs at Pep Boys or Advance Auto Parts or someplace like that. They're 2 to 3 times cheaper than the stealership. I worked in the auto parts industry for 12 years before I enlisted. Aftermarket parts are always cheaper and most times are the original equipment manufacturer anyway. I would however let the stealership fix the pinion bearing. Everything else can be done with hand tools in your driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pankake View Post
    drive train is stock, dana 30's.
    to bad i got some used 3.73's but not for the 30 only a 44 and 35
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    I don't have the mechanical confidence to get too involved, though I have a couple friends that can do the work, one's gone for the winter and the other is busy with his SuperBee that is in pieces right now.

    Thanks for the input, I wasn't sure what they meant by prop. shaft. This will be the last time it goes to a dealership for work since the warranty ran out of miles. Looks like I have an excuse to start buying some cool tools.

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    Your first purchase should be a Chiltons or Haynes manual for your Jeep. With either of those 2 books, you can do anything needed to your vehicle. Then worry about getting cool/required tools.
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    I had a Chilton's for my '88 Suburban, '95 Yukon, and Haynes for '94 Saturn (yeah, one of these is not like the others). I used them for troubleshooting only since I'm too chicken to try to do major fixes myself. I know I can get the things apart, but getting it put back together is another thing.

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