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I most likely have a messed up front differential on my 4x4.

I was wondering if I can just take my drive shaft off and run it on RWD only?

Can I just remove the universal joint pin and retain the rest inside the front diff?

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  • If you have an open centre diff, then you will get no drive at all. If you have a centre diff lock, then you could put that on to get drive.
    – HandyHowie
    May 5, 2016 at 8:33
  • How would I know which one I got
    – Divine
    May 5, 2016 at 12:13
  • I don't know the vehicle, but there would usually be some kind of lever or switch to put a diff lock on if it had one.
    – HandyHowie
    May 5, 2016 at 12:34
  • You can remove the driveshaft and safely drive the truck, but why do you think the front diff is messed up?
    – Ben
    May 5, 2016 at 21:57
  • @HandyHowie it's a 4x4 with either a automatic transfer case or a push button.
    – Ben
    May 5, 2016 at 21:59

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Most 4x4 vehicles (as opposed to all wheel drive) do not have a differential in the transfer case. The Dodge Durango, has a non-differential transfer case, meaning that the front and rear drive shafts will spin at the same speed all the time in 4 wheel drive.

There shouldn't be any problem with removing your front drive shaft and driving your vehicle.

As a general rule, if you can switch the vehicle between 2wd and 4wd, there is no differential in the transfer case.

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