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Axle end play - How much is OK?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by my88texastruck, Nov 17, 2006.

  1. my88texastruck

    my88texastruck Registered Member

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    How much should you be able to move the axle in and out? None? Some?
    I have about a heavy 1/8" play in and out. Is this OK?
    Thanks in advance!
     
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    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    My technical answer is "some" Is this on your front or rear axle and what axle is it? On a front end 1/8" sounds about right.
     
  3. my88texastruck

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    Sorry, rear. I'm not too well versed on axles - what ever stock would have been on an "88 Burb. I think gearing is 3.73??
     
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    resurrected_jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    1/2 ton would be a 10 bolt rear end. End play still sounds about right. If it seems excessive to you, pull the rear cover and have someone move the shafts while you take a look. The axle shafts are retained by C- clips to keep them in the tube and a cross pin that goes through the center of the carrier to keep them from sliding too far in. The cross pins can fail or the retaining bolt can break allowing the cross pin to move. IMO it doesn't sound like you have a problem. I guess I should ask what made you notice the axle end play or what were you working on when you noticed it?
     
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    my88texastruck Registered Member

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    I've got a vibration between 35 & 45 mph and I jacked all 4 corners up looking for anything loose/broken. That was the only "play" I found - everything else seemed tight. It almost acts like I lost a wheel weight.
     

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