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Front Axle play/Transfer Case

I have had some clunking/binding going on for a while and I'm set up to do needle bearing service/front u joints & seals as there is play on the spindle as it comes through the hub. While i'm at it we are going to do the front drive shaft u joints and there is a little bit of slop, maybe that is my noise issue?

My question is this-when you rotate the front drive shaft, i can see both sides turning at the u joint. But i grabbed the drivers side joint and i could keep it from moving while still turning the xfer drive shaft.

Is this normal? I've never payed any attention to that, and now i'm worried that it could be an issue in the differential.

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Just a thought, maybe it's because it's an open differential.... (if the differential is stock) Were the outer hubs locked?

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Totally normal front ends don't have posi traction or limited slip. Clunking may be the needle bearings in the hubs gone which lets the 4x4 shaft bounce around in there.


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Yea it's all stock front end. Hubs were unlocked too.

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it's an open differential, that's how they work.
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