Obviously, you must be out of warranty, but I would fight it, also, as it does not seem to be an isolated incident. I'd be curious if the Jeep Liberty uses this drive shaft in any of its drivetrain combinations. This would add more fuel to the fire and add weight to your case.There is a heat / noise shield attached to underside of car.
Shield is a stronger metal than driveshaft. Back end of shield
slipped down and cut shaft. This is a factory defect.
They offered to pay for 50% of price to fix it. $1400 for a new shaft.
I told them to go to hell. They are lucky the car wasn't traveling down the road at highway speeds.
Gonna see if a lawyer can do any good, being others have had the same problems.
Guess you must not have any extended warranty or the Lifetime Powertrain Warranty for original owners of some Nitros? Sounds like it then could be an expensive repair, if needed. Good Luck!I think I'm having the same problem, I had the differential fluid leak. My mechanic was surprised it was only the pinion gasket, bearings and everything else was fine. I think it may be happening again though. He asked if I was in water alot (launching a boat) because that can cause that problem.
excuse my naivety, but what are 'hole shots'?I had a New Durango we took to Tennessee on a weekend trip. We were going up Lookout Mt when the clutches in the sure grip went out. But it was under warranty so the dealer repaired it. 80k is a bit premature for the ring and pinion to go out. Unless it was used for towing or hole shots.. Maybe a good local mechanic can help you out a little less costly. Rear ends can be a little tricky to repair. You may try a reputable salvage yard for a good recycled rear.