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Old 12-09-2016, 04:04 PM   #1
Justin DeSilva
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Help: E46 Axle play / slop at inboard gear side joint

While inspecting front axles and cv joints I notice the driver side / gear side joint has 1/8" / 2mm of side to side play inwards and outwards of the differential. The shaft is inserted securely via the c clip and I'm aware the gear side joint is a plunge type joint and that the shaft and tripod are free to slide in and out of the joint housing. What concerns me is the amount of movement inwards and outwards between the dust cap and differential housing. Is this normal, or should there be less then 1mm of inwards and outwards movement?

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