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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2003, 12:51 AM
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Front driveshaft play?

How much Play should the front driveshaft have?

My rear has almost none.
But the front seems really sloppy.
Is that acceptable, or maybe this is the reason
I'm getting FUNNY NOISES when I cruise in neutral.
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

I get a funny chain wip nosie when I let off the gas in 4wd. I used to worry, but then I rode in my buddies 2003 dodge cummins 4x4 dually, it made then same noise when he drove half up a curb and let in the clutch( we rolled back.)

and you need to do something about that too long rear drive shaft.

FYI about the D35, you might look into ford 8.8s in the local junk yards. I did some searches on and there are explorer 8.8s with 4.10s in the aera for ~$750. its a reasonable deal if you stick with the gears and the LS that it comes with.
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

I think he means wobble play. Dont you? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] Making sure the slip joint is full of grease can take some of the "slop" out, but odds are you need a new slip joint. Look for a good used front shaft that's the same length or take it to a reputable driveshaft shop.

I suppose this could be the source of your noise. Easy to check... take it off and go for a ride. Good Luck! [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

Is the play at the slip joint where the lower and upper shaft meet? If so then try the grease, if that doesn't work pull it and repair/replace. If the play is at either end then the spider (u-joint) needs grease or is bad. Or the bearings in the t-case or axle could be bad or loose. Start by greasing everyything and then pull and push in the different areas for play. There should be close to none.
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post #5 of (permalink) Old 08-29-2003, 11:41 AM
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

The play is actually rotational.
I can actually twist the driveshaft a good
ways before it catches on a gear.

Since I'm under the YJ today I'll take off the driveshaft
and see if the play is coming from the Tcase or the front
And grease is up too.

Hey SB.
I found some D44s, but they're still attached to
the jeep. [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] The 8.8 intrigues me though. Rear disk
brakes are always nice. I'm sure If I hit some junkyards
I'll find some explorers.

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Re: Front driveshaft play?

I can to. It's been fine for many miles. I don't know if this is bad, but I haven't had any troubles. No weird noise, but I have a TJ the front shaft turns all the time.
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

If you have the transfer case in 2wd and the front axle has disengaged, you should be able to turn the driveshaft freely round and round. If you have a locker in the front, there's nothing wrong.
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 08-31-2003, 01:19 AM
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Re: Front driveshaft play?

I got the same on both my front and rear axle. With the driveshafts disengaged I can turn the input like 3" before the wheels starts turning.
I have been wondering if this is a problem, or supposed to be like this.

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