Loose Drive-shaft - Normal?

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Old 17 Oct 2006, 10:34 am   #1 (permalink)
bauz
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Default Loose Drive-shaft - Normal?

1991 Camry, auto, 4 cyl.
About half a year ago both of the drive shafts were replaced. Recently I
can hear muffled knocks when the car is moving slowly. It seems to be
coming from the front. I thought it was my old tires, so I replaced all of
them, but the same problem remains. I noticed that the driver side shaft
has some degree of play, when pushed sideways (left/right). The passenger
side shaft does not move at all.
I showed it to the mechanic and he said that this is not the problem, and
blamed it on my struts. I am going to change my struts, but I do not think
that this is the problem, because the knock is constant even on a
completely flat road.

is it normal for a drive shaft to feel loose?

thanks in advance!

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Old 17 Oct 2006, 11:02 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel
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bauz wrote:
> 1991 Camry, auto, 4 cyl.
> About half a year ago both of the drive shafts were replaced.

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There are variations in quality.
Some "rebuilt" some "remanufactured."
I suspect you did not install the genuine Toyota remanufactured axle
assemblies thoroughly quality control checked and balanced with all
parts subject to wear replaced with new.
While you're checking, check the ball joints and control arm busings.
Ball joints should have zero play at half load when pried from below,
and check control arm bushings for cracks or splitting especialy in the
rear.
Axle bearings can also be checked for axial runout with a dial
indicator.
May sound complicated, but fairly simple for all.
The procedures are in the factory service manual available online.

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