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Guest JwX

ok so the cv shaft(or half shaft) is giving me a little bit of trouble so I ask if when It goes can I just the the shaft that goes thru the hub (stub shaft?) and take the shaft out and drive it as a rear wheel drive for a while? what bad thing could come of this? (sorry for the long winded post but I'm tired worked all day)

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Guest edrach

Depends on how bad the shaft is. Front shafts can click for a long time before they actually fail. Once they fail, if you can keep the bad shaft from falling down and damaging other things, you can drive the car as a rear drive vehicle in 4WD mode (doesn't work for the AWD cars) far enough to get home. I once tied the shaft up out of the way with a coat hanger to get the 10 miles home and replace the shaft.

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Guest JwX

ok but lets say I left it like that for a while what bad things could come of it?

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Guest edrach

Hard to say. At the least, I'd try to remove the old shaft (leaving the spindle for the hub in). I don't know anyone who's tried leaving it that way long term. Used axles aren't that hard to come by or to install. Good luck with it.

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