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Dodge Caravan, 2001, CV joints have 1/4" longitudinal play/noise

CV joints look in good health, boots are ok and no noises while turning, but it makes noises while passing any bumps, I thought it was the ball joints but I discovered the CV half shafts have almost 1/4" play in each direction and hit something inside the differential making that noise.
I was thinking of putting some steel shims somehow but they'd wear out fast since the axell would be rubbing hard, rubber shims won't last a week either...any ideas...the differential has a rear cover, can I do something through it?

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  • Rick Byrd
    Rick Byrd May 11, 2010

    axles will have free-play side to side , to compensate for the suspension travel , i would look elsewhere for this noise , common places might be the brake caliper , moving around on bumps , try hitting bumps with just a little brake applied , see if noise goes away , also the strut mounts and turn tables are a good reason for noises on bumps , that's my 1st thoughts off hand .

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CV Joint Axle Replacement - How to Repair or Replace

Over time the rubber boots of the CV joints can become cracked, torn, or otherwise compromised. Once moisture and dirt get into a CV joint and grease makes its way out, the CV joints days are numbered. Signs of impending failures are a click-click-clicking or metallic crackling noise while turning and accelerating or a clunking upon deceleration. While one can repack, reboot, and rebuild CV axles, it makes more sense for the average do-it-yourselfer to procure replacement units and swap out the old axles. If a boot is torn or missing, it is possible to save the joint if caught early enough, but usually the damage has already been done. Replacing or servicing the entire CV joint axle assembly may be the smarter move since replacing a boot may involve removing an axle, which may also involve removing half or all of the vehicle's brakes and suspension.

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