Trail repairs such as axleshaft swaps are simple and can be handled by anyone that can turn a wrench. However, a major thing to remember while making easy repairs in the wild is safety. Don't be careless. Our staff couldn't tell you how many times we've changed out a busted axleshaft on the trail-perhaps more times than we would like to remember. Since these repairs can take place in bad weather and rough terrain, they can be very dangerous, but easy safety procedures can prevent injury and perhaps save a life.
Here is a quick look at how to break down the very common Dana 30 front axle. Found under many different Jeeps, the Dana 30 is one of the most common lightweight front axles. For this story we will focus on the newer-style Dana 30, the one most commonly found in the '97-'06 Jeep Wrangler TJ.