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Old 07-29-2008, 06:14 PM
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Clunking axle (left side)

My 300sd axle clunks quite loudly while making sharp turns. While investigating what could cause it, i gave the left side axle shaft a tug while up on jacks.
The axle shaft had 1-2 inches of play in either direction. Is this normal? i thought there was some sort of c clip or retainer that limited side to side motion?


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Old 07-29-2008, 06:26 PM
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The sd that bill gave me had play in it. after taking off the wheel there was a 3 or 4 inch bolt that was laying between the hub and the rim. That bolt holds the axle in place on the wheel might be loose or completely off like mine was.
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:09 PM
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As the suspension rises and falls the axle has to change it's length. Remember the rear end is bolted to the body. I suspect that is what you are feeling. Also as the load varies on the cv joint when turning a corner does tend to increase or magnify wear problems. Sounds like you need another cv joint more than anything.

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