You need the cv joints to hold the front wheel bearings together. If you remove the front drive shaft, you can run it that way as a rear-whee-drive because unlike Chrysler and Ford systems, yours uses a transfer case, not a viscous coupling to one axle. That means both drive shafts are locked together and will always turn at the exact same speed, and if one is disconnected, the other one will still turn. That system is very hard on tire wear and it is critically important that all four tires have exactly the same circumference to prevent damage to the transfer case.
There should be no need to pull the half shafts apart since they'll just be going along for the ride, so to speak. It's the outer housings that have to be bolted solidly in place to prevent the wheel bearings from coming apart or becoming noisy.
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 AT 2:50 AM