Can I drive without my rear drive shaft? on 1997 Chevrolet Blazer

I have a 4x4 '97 blazer. My back differential ate the pinion gear. Can I put the truck in 4x4, remove the rear drive shaft and effectively drive in front wheel drive for a short term fix?

by in Twin Peaks, CA on August 01, 2013
2 answers 2 comments
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
I believe the answer is yes, but you will likely need to remove the ring gear also because the pinion will be jammed on it. I did the same thing with a late 70s pickup. Start shopping for a good used axle soon.
COMMENT by on August 01, 2013
Actually the pinion sheared off all of the teeth but it still engages enough to drive it but i don't trust it not to leave my stuck in the middle of no where. Would it be ok to drive it for a while in 'front' wheel drive as long as the back diff is sealed, free of obstructions and filled with fresh oil? Thanks a million for the input. I had a hunch it would be ok but you never know. Hutch
COMMENT by on August 02, 2013
Just so you are aware, after you do this mod your blazer won't pull like a front wheel drive car does. For an example, I got stuck in 2 inches of snow in a parking lot after I did the same. I guess the weight distribution, and axle position are not right. Avoid the headache and stay on the pavement until you get the axle fixed.
ANSWER by on August 01, 2013
Agree with first answer, ring gear will have to come out! Everything else stays. Except the driveshaft of course.