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My son has an 89 Pathfinder in which the half shafts are toast. He is broke, and Im wondering, could he just remove the shafts, and drive it as a 2 wheel drive for awhile? Or do they keep things together inside the hub. I was gonna take em out, and make a plate to cover the hole to keep dirt out.
 

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Did the boots just rip or are they making nasty noise in 4WD? If it's just the boots, I'd buy some new boots ($12-15 each IIRC), pull the CV's, replace the boots and put them back on. I've rebuilt mine twice now, it's a very simple process aside from the removal of the CV's. ;)

FYI: the CV's don't spin in 2WD anyway unless you have broken/stuck auto hubs...
 

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With the right tools they are pretty easy to replace (an air ratchet really speeds up the process). I did mine in about an hour. I got a shaft from a u-pull-it junk yard for $10 and just repacked the CV joints and put new boots on it for the above mentioned $15.
 
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