<b>Axles:</b> Inspect front axle U-joints and check the oil level in both axles. In wet states, expect to find mud and water where the gear oil should be, so flush it out and refill. Check the wheel bearings by jacking up the vehicle, then grabbing the tire at the 12 and 6 o’clock ends to feel for slop. Leaky pinion seals should be inspected. If you can move the yoke in and out of the housing, the pinion bearings probably won’t make it too far. AMC 20 axles with two-piece shafts should be looked at closely. If the axle nuts are loose, there could be problems shortly down the road. The two-piece axles are notorious for receiving butch repairs like what we found on our CJ, so keep an eye out for cover-ups.