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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:41 pm    Post subject: Should i be able to move the axle between CV Joints? Reply with quote

Have about 15K on my German Lobro CV joints. After a suspension change and tires last week before a trip, i came back with a weird sound occasionally when going slowly over a curb. Sounds like a clunk from the right rear. About to remove wheel and start checking, but our of curiosity, i grabbed the axle on the driver side of the tranny and tried to move it back and forth. No movement. I then grabbed the axle on the passenger side of the tranny and was able to move it back in forth to each side.

How are the CV joint supposed to feel? I have no torn boots or leaks, all bolts are tight etc.

Cant really get under the car until tomorrow.

No other noises at speed or even higher speed turns.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes they will move in and out. Normal. The axles seem to find their own spot to ride. Move them in and out a few times and drive the van again. Sometimes moving them will distribute the grease around.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, moving along the axle axis is OK. Moving perpendicular to the axle axis is a concern depending on how much...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.

This is why I leave new CV boots loose for the first few hundred miles.
After the axles find their center, I add the clamp or zip-tie.
Otherwise I tended to get the clunking as you describe.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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This is why I leave new CV boots loose for the first few hundred miles. After the axles find their center, I add the clamp or zip-tie.


I do not zip tie them at the small end -- just leave then free to move. Doesn't seem to be a problem and I have never had a boot failure.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
dhaavers wrote:
This is why I leave new CV boots loose for the first few hundred miles. After the axles find their center, I add the clamp or zip-tie.


I do not zip tie them at the small end -- just leave then free to move. Doesn't seem to be a problem and I have never had a boot failure.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ahwahnee wrote:
dhaavers wrote:
This is why I leave new CV boots loose for the first few hundred miles. After the axles find their center, I add the clamp or zip-tie.


I do not zip tie them at the small end -- just leave then free to move. Doesn't seem to be a problem and I have never had a boot failure.


That may be great for a street van never driven in the rain but if your planning on going off road or through rainy conditions I would definitely seal both ends of the CV boot.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The fact that you can't move the drivers side axle back and forth a bit is concerning. I'd pull it and make sure both cvs are put together right.

Make sure the transmission mount is olted up right, I think you can blt them off to one side.

Otherwise, you can inject grease into the joint with a needle on your grease gun. as long as the boot is in good shape that's the way to go, but since you have no movement, I'd take it apart and check it out. I think if you put the cv together wrong, it won't slide.
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