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I have a 1987 dodge ramcharger, and ther is play in the front axle and the passenger side hub, all bearing and in the hub have been replaced, will the play in the hub and the axle hurt anything to kee

I have had the front differential apart on the truck and I know all the bearing on the inside are good on the truck, there is just some play in the gears in the hub and some in the gears in the differential itself

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The side play ( gear clearance) in the diff unit will not affect anything as they only work on changing direction ( turning corners) or in a bog. Unless you have planetary gears in the hubs then what you are feeling will be the axle spline clearance in the side gears in the diff.

Posted on Jan 02, 2014

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    Dakota Rode Jan 02, 2014

    So this will not affect anything, it wouln't tear up any bearings or gears in the differential?

  • Bill Boyd Jan 03, 2014

    Take hold of the drive shaft pinion at front of diff and turn it until the slack is taken up. up to 10 degrees angle would be ok 15 to 45 degrees I would have to consider where I use it as it is getting into the maximum area. If you do a lot of off road and there is considerable differential useage ( bogs---sandy work -twists and turns ) then I would weigh up the costs and the usage to determine if it would be cost effective to have it adjusted in the side gear thrust washers. Axle splines with a small amount of wear is acceptable but mayb they should be checked for twisting of the spline at the ends as this indicates a possible fracture and failure of the axle under stress. I would not consider it to cause any damage unless you get heavy footed in a bad situation in which case you may consider having the diff done.

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SOURCE: remove front axle from differential on 2003 dodge ram

That works fine on a relatively new vehicle but one that has run in salt etc you'll save a lot of time if you remove the steering knuckle completey by separating lower ball joint and outer tie rod end ball joint and bring the whole steering knuckle to a bench to separate the hub/bearing. Soak everything with penetrant, loosen the bolts a few turns and try hitting right on the bolt heads. I also made a very sharp wedge from a chisel and rammed it hard on the other side to seoarate the hub. It will finally come apart then you'll see all the **** that was binding it due to an alumininum knuckle re-acting with a steel hub. Clean the hole and grease everything and fit new bearings

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SOURCE: 2002 dodge ram 4WD front hub bearing

Here is the easiest way . take a 14mm socket and extentsion and place it on the bolts and place againt your axle tube and start your truck and turn your wheel against it instead of pounding you will use your powersteering like a press to get your hub out its quicker and less strenous than pounding on the bolts ive done this many times i even made a extentsion for it i use a 14mm 1/2 drive shallow socket and a extension thats about 4 inches long i know im posting late on this one but if it helps anyone out then great

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SOURCE: REMOVEING DIFFERENTIAL ON A 1999 300M FRONT WHEEL DRIVE

The diff is part of the trans axle automatic transmission assembly and is not a separate part that can be removed.

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