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So. Got a question about front axles.

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by akdonkey, May 22, 2020.

  1. akdonkey

    akdonkey Junior Member

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    I made a video. But I can not upload it. Front passenger axle bumps in and out of the outer wheel hub. Is this an axle problem or wheel hub?
     
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    I can’t recall for sure, but I think you have manual unlocking hubs in that? Or it could be just drive flanges if it spins constantly.

    In either case there’s usually a snap ring on the end of the outer axle stub holding the stub axle in place.
     
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    Yes it has manual locking hubs. Weather permitting I'm going to take the wheel and hub apart tomorrow. I have a repair manual that should be hear any day. I did see diagrams on the net about it. I hope it's just the locking hub. I have never worked on anything like that. Just minor things. I hope this turns out to be a minor deal.
    Thanks for your input. My son bought this for a hunting truck.
     
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    So I disassembled the hub today. Bearings and everything else looked good. It appeared all parts where in order according to my manual. It still has lots of play. I had hoped it was a simple snap ring.
     
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    My best guess is someone has been into this previously and used an aftermarket hub for another application, or left out a spacer somewhere, or even put a non OEM axle in it. Hard to say without a detailed comparison part by part.

    Assuming the other side is tight, you have a basis for comparison by disassembly and comparing all the parts.
     

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