New, so if it's best to put this somewhere more appropriate - lemme know.
Revived my son's '04 WJ Laredo after his step-dad borked the front axle. A friend replaced the axle with a donor and problems ensued. Still kind of a friend but too many questions to ask him and we relocated to mid-state North Carolina so, on my own.
After the donor axle install, had binding problems. He put in a new gear set and the howl started somewhere in Oklahoma - it was binding up by the time I got to NC.. I pulled the front drive line - and the howl stopped.
Now need to R&R the CV/axles and not sure I want to pull the diff covers and count/divide teeth yet. I need to conclusively ID the front axle and not sure how. Pull the wheel hub and count splines?
Rear has a rubber stopper on the fill hole, front has a metal (allen?) plug. Couldn't google the cover numbers with any success yet so thought I'd hop on and ask for any kind of help someone might give us.
Restoring 4WD will require a replacement axle housing so for the interim, for maintenance, etc, I'd like to make sure I'm ordering parts that'll fit.
Long post and if it needs to be moved, sorry and thanks for reading.
Mike and Sean
2004 Grand Cherokee 4.0 w/178K and runs like a Swiss watch.