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R1150rt Wat is the cause of a hugh play on the final drive and how can it be repaired? It is not the crown wheel. Seems like in the gearbox. Thanks Johan Pieterse

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Depends if it is front wheel drive or not, Generally rear wheel drive vehicles will have no free play in the transmission. this all comes from the diff, best bet is to drop the tail shaft and check the free play against manufacturers specs, if its outside of those specifications pull the diff out and inspect.

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gears may not properly applied or
suddenly engine gets neutral or
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