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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2001, 02:59 PM
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axle play!

Yesterday I found a sweet trail. It was hard, but the harder the better! I've always had some driveline clunk in 2wd and front end makes wierd noises when 4xing. On the harder the trail the more noises it makes. With all the talk about U-joints lately, I figured I'd replace my U-joints. I went out and crawled under my rig to check the play, and found it all to be in the diffs! my rear you can turn a degrees or so before the wheels turn, and the front has a LOT of play, like 10 degrees or more! Great so it's no $10 for U-joints. Being up close the the tranny it was making wierd noises also. I was thinking about selling this sam and getting another one, is it time to ditch it and run?

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Re: axle play!

i tell you waht i will give you 500$ cash money and come and pickit up! LOL . i would drive it to you have more probmlems thatn just 10% play i had a truck that you could turn half away around yes 180 before the tires moved . i drive it tell you had major problems i had that truck 5 years and mine never went out . its a zuk if its not makeing noise it aint running . just my 2 cents anybody alse?

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-05-2001, 09:19 AM
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Re: axle play!

If the pinion flange is loose, it can be tightened with the correct socket very easily. SOmetimes it just happens.

It is normal for there to be 1/4" or so of rotation in the diff before engagement. I'm trying to think what 10* would be, maybe about an inch? If so, that is not normal. You may want to pull the 3rd member and check your preload and backlash. Make sure they're to spec.

Double check those ujoints too. Make sure they're under no load. If they're loaded, lots of times you can't tell if they're bad or not.
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