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front axle play

so i have been tracking this vibration for a while now and i think i may have the culprit. 2002 ex 4x4 7.3L. on the drivers side where the u joint and hub bearing assembly meet is where i noticed when you grab the u joint i can wiggle it about a 1/4 inch up and down and side to side. i figured with that much end play i should have a leaking axle seal by now but i dont. is this normal? or do i have a bad bearing? i bought new bearings and seals tonight and firgured what the hell i will open her up and look inside and do an oil change on it while im at it. what do you guys think?

during this search for the noise i have changed all u joints on the front and rear drive shafts, both hub bearings, all bearings in rear end, new rims and tires, 4 wheel alignment, new shocks, lift kit, new rotors, pads, calipers, front sway bar end links, and a new flux capacitor making 1.21 gigawats.
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It's actually normal. There's really no support for the axle there and everybodys joint has a surprising amount of movement, it's they was DANA designed it to be...

The oil seal is in the center section and what you see is called a "dust seal" and THEY all fail early on (you know that feeling in the wheel you get when turning tightly in 4WD? Imagine what that axle is doing to that seal!)

Sounds like you've replaced almost Everything, I'd consider either living with it or investing in a much Larger capacitor
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the only thing i have not touched is the ball joints but the alignment shop said they were good. maybe i should replace them? the next thing on my list is the sloppy steering box that i have going on. but i want the sound to go away. its not bad but makes me think that something is wrong. i hate strange noises.
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took the truck off in the mud this weekend and every bump you could feel a clunking on the drivers side.
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The sway bar bushings and end links can cause clunking as well. A worn out track bar can also cause it. I have a clunking in the front end that is driving me nuts as well. It is worse when it is really cold outside. I recently replaced my original rubber sway bar bushings with polyurethane ones and I think that made it worse in cold weather.

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I had that in my truck after I got it lifted. I forgot to fully tighten the bolt for the sway bar end link. Do you feel it right under your feet?


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i do but i checked the bolts and replaced the sway bar links with MOOG end links. it happened to mine right after i lifted it as well. i wonder if it is the track bar though. its the only think i have not replaced. but i do not feel it in my feet
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