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Axle play at transmission output
Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:53 PM
I removed the spare tire and grabbed the passenger side DOJ and if I shake it up and down there is a lot of movement, but it seems to be at the base of the joint where it goes into the transmission. There is no play in the joint itself, no torn boots and it does not click when turning. Is there a bearing or something in the transmission that I can replace or is this a sign of a bad axle?
Posted 28 September 2012 - 09:27 PM
Is this about the Gen 1 wagon in your avatar? There are bearings in the trans. that could be replaced, but I would disconnect the DOJs from the trans. and check for play in the splined stubs on the trans before doing anything else.
Is there a bearing or something in the transmission that I can replace or is this a sign of a bad axle?
What kind of transmission does it have in it?
If the bearings in question are bad, unless you have a show-piece stocker wagon, I would consider a D/R 5MT trans swap rather than R&R on an old 4 speed. Assuming it's a 4WD model.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:19 PM
Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:40 AM
I'll check the seal plates tomorrow. I'm assuming the axle shaft needs to be removed for that? I supposed I should also just pull the axle and take a looksee in there to figure out what the heck is going on.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 01:07 PM
The HTKYSA manual mentions if the bearings in the DOJ fall out easily or the casing is severely worn it should be replaced. I wasn't sure how to quantify that though. I could pop the bearings out by applying a bit of pressure to them and there were some wear marks but nothing severe enough that I could catch my fingernail on it (my general gauge for if something is worn or not). Should the bearings not be removable, and how much wear is too much?
I also came up with a pretty clever way to separate the DOJ without needing help to pull the wheel outward: hook one end of a bungee cord on a wheel spoke, wrap it around your leg below the calf and hook the other end to another wheel spoke. Now you can lean in to pull the DOJ apart and just use your foot to leverage the wheel out so it can be slipped around the tranny output spline.
Posted 05 October 2012 - 07:11 PM
Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:12 PM
Whats the best way to check the motor mounts? I've grabbed the motor by the valve covers and tried to lift up and don't get much movement (I'm assuming I could probably lift this motor out by hand if it was completely unbolted). I don't want to just replace them on a hunch because they run about $50 a piece.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 09:58 AM
Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:05 PM
Posted 18 November 2012 - 02:44 PM
Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:04 PM
Posted 25 November 2012 - 03:38 PM
I still think I need to clean and grease the CV joints in the front. Plus the front right wheel bearing is making some noise. Eventually.
I haven't done any comparison of w/ and w/out 4WD, but I usually try not to go too fast in 4WD anyway. I do still have harmonic vibrations over 60, but I'm hoping cleaning and greasing the CVJ will help that.
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