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1997 Sunfire Right front drive shaft has a lot of movement up and down next to transmission makes a lot of howling going down the road hub is OK, new. is there a bearing on the transmission out that can be replaced or does the whole engine and trans need to be pulled. Thanks Jim

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  • kce4 Dec 24, 2008

    The shaft going into the transmission, the cv joint seems to be good.

  • kce4 Jan 08, 2009

    thanks the rubber bushing or seal on the transmission output shaft was bad wore out. just have to pull the short shaft out and the new one pops in fixed the problem thanks for the input

  • John Jon May 11, 2010

    is it the inner cv joint its self moves up and down,or the bearing in transmission!!

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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.

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