I have a mangled front drive shaft on my 02 Dakota, the shop quoted me something like a grand for a new shaft and putting it in. I have found a used shaft that is in great shape for $220. I'm just wondering how difficult of a job it is to remove and replace a front driveshaft. I am fairly mechanically inclined, and my father-in-law is as well. Is this a job we can do in the driveway?
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2002 Dakota Quad Cab Sport 4x4 4.7L Auto 3.92
Most definitely. You'll need wrenches and jack stands to raise the vehicle on. Make sure you inquire to the condition of the replacement shaft. It's important that it isn't banged up and all unbalanced.
The haynes manual has the whole process explained in 9 steps lol
Pick up your haynes manual and it'll walk you through it. As for tips and tricks that might help make the process easier, I'm sure someone will get in here and pipe in if there are any you should know about.
If it's an issue, I can scan that page out of my haynes manual if you really need.
2004 Silver Dakota Quad Cab 3.7L 2wd AT 3.92 ratio * Flowmaster 50 Series, Air Intake, Fastman Throttle Body, Taurus efan, LED accents, Limo Tint, Kicker subs and components [Don't worry, I place nice ]
* In progress: Routine maintenance.