Question about 1997 Pontiac Sunfire
It has been my experience that a small amount lateral and axial play is usually acceptable because the splines aren't normally press fit but held in with a spring clip. Some models are secured with a roll pin through the axle. I don't have any first hand experience with the Sunfire/Cavilier though. Is there any fluid leaking past the seals at that location?
The output bearings will usually require the transmission to be pulled. If you are capable, pull the CV shafts and see if the play is in the transmission output or in the splines. Note that some vehicles have special procedures for removing the CV shafts because they support internal parts of the transmission, so get your hands on a Chiltons or Haynes manual first for the proper procedure.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
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