Just thought I'd throw a post in here for those with AWD. I know there have been a lot of posts about removing the front driveshaft from guys with fulltime 4WD, but couldn't find any with AWD?
Heard clicking sound coming from under D?at low speed, high speed, straight and corners. I thought it was a CV joint, but when I got under the D, I noticed metal on the front driveshaft joint had been torn.
On the AWD, the front of the front driveshaft is a 4 bolt u-joint, but where it connects up to the transfer case is a 6-bolt (or is it 8?) unit mounted on to a bearing assembly. Once all bolts front and back were off, a little prying and hammering and the driveshaft came loose. One of my bearings had torn free (probably from lack of grease since the boot that holds the grease in the bearing assembly was torn) and the bearing ricocheted inside the assembly, severely damaging the metal housing, and cracking the flange inside as well.
The bearing assembly and driveshaft are all one unit, so I have to replace the whole thing?haven't got a price yet. If by any chance the length is the same, I might put in the driveshaft of a 4WD D, which I believe has u-joints at both ends. That would make servicing much easier in the future. I'll post some pics of the broken unit in a few days.