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1999 RR 4.0 Gems with 195k miles.
I'm keeping her going no matter what it takes.
Now has a vibration - my mechanic says it's the front driveshaft.
Do I buy a new one? Used? Should I also get new u-joints, bolts?
Anyone else done this? Looks like a straightforward job.
Thanks.
Kevin in Minneapolis.
 

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Pretty straight forward and common repair. Replacement shafts are available.
The other and likely less expensive option is to rebuild it and rebalance it.
A local driveline shop can do it if you and your mechanic are not comfortable with the repair.
Being a 99 it likely has central differential lock.
Have you tried removing the front shaft and driving it (for testing purposes) with diff lock engaged?
 

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P38s do not have a Central diff lock, they have a viscous coupling Tcase which acts as a lock. That being said you cant really drive them without both driveshafts. Do not dilly dally on having this repaired as its also pretty common that the shaft breaks from the vibration and blows a hole in the side of the transmission. Pull the Drive shaft out and have it re-jointed and balanced by a bearing or driveshaft shop. Shouldn't cost more than $100.00. Also If the truck doesn't do much off roading ask them to use sealed U-Joints. (I say this because they tend to last longer under normal driving.
 
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