Is it safe to operate without the fixed cam assembly in front hub? on 2001 Nissan Xterra

I changed the front brake pads and rotors. I have reinstalled the rotor assembly and bearing, attached the locknut and washer. The next piece that goes on is the fixed cam assembly, which I believe operates the 4 wheel drive mechanism. Anyway, there is a plastic ring and spring inside this assemble and as I was applying pressure to check that the snap ring was in place in its groove, the entire assembly came apart and the plastic ring broke. I have to order a entire hub assembly to replace it. You just can't buy the cam assembly. IF this is part of the 4 wheel drive system, would it be safe to operate it for a few days like this until I can replace the hub? The rotor assembly is firmly fastened to the axle via the lock nut and washer so I don't see where this would cause any harm. I just won't be able use 4 wheel drive. What are your thoughts?

by in Hyattsville, MD on February 23, 2014
1 answer
ANSWER by on February 23, 2014
It should be fine to run it as long as you can cap it to keep the weather and dirt out of the bearings.