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Old 01-27-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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rear axle

while my car was up in the air today I grabbed the back wheel and was able 2 push and pull it a bit, is this normal or are my axels or something lacking attention. it was the same on each side
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Were you pushing in toward the differential and pulling out from it? Or were you pushing the rear wheel toward the front of the car and the rear of it?


Those details will help more knowledgable people than myself figure out what may be causing this
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Yes. That's the biggest flaw with the four link rear suspension in these cars.
Keep in mind, that when you where moving the rear, it was not at it's typical ride height but rather in a hyper-extended position, and the suspension geometry was not correct, so there might have been some excessive movement.
Try shaking the car back and forth, while it is on the ground and see if it still moves as much.
If you suspect that there may be excessive movement, the cause is likely worn bushings in the upper and lower control arms.
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If it keeps wiggling on the ground, that means you hauled too many fat girls with it. You play you pay!
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The stock rear suspension on these cars is garbage. Get some subframe connectors, pan hard bar, and a torque arm and your problem will be solved and your car will handle like a boss.
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yes it was while the car was suspended in air and it was pushing and pulling towards the diff .
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Some end play is acceptable, not a lot if more than a sixteenth of an inch or so, it could be reason for concern. Nothing a quick inspection wouldn't solve.

First look at the axle seals, if they are not leaking, i probably wouldn't go any further.
If there are signs of wear or leaking, pull the diff cover off and take a look, you er going to have to take it off anyhow to replace the seals. If you replace the seals be care to protect the ABS sensor.

Once you have the cover off one of the areas you are going to want to look at is the pinion shaft (pin) it's what keeps/limits the axles from sliding in or out keeping the "C" clips in place, preventing the axle from falling out.

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