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'94 Camaro-rear axle

Rear axle has 1/8 to 3/16 in and out play (axially) as felt at the tire. I believe it to be the source of a "tail wag" at about 40mph, but seems to go away at higher speed. What is the fix for this axial play?
Jeff

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  • jefferyl Jun 06, 2009

    I don't believe so. It is a standard 3.4L engine-so I kind of doubt it. There is no shimming of the axle shaft that can be done?

  • jefferyl Jun 07, 2009

    I am able to physically move the wheel end assy in and out 3/16" on both sides (3/8" total) with car on jack-stands. Checked tires/wheels/mounting torque lug nuts/bushings,etc. I've been told that the axle shaft is held in with c-clip at the diff. This assy can come apart and the axle shaft can walk out of the housing I am told. What would one pay for a complete axle shaft/housing assy?
    Thanks for your help.

  • jefferyl Jun 09, 2009

    thanks. ill dig deeper and see whats going on in there. i don't believe i hit anything sharp. looks like ill need to pull the diff cover and see. thanks again.

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This amount of play would not be excessive. I don't think you can remove sll the play in a GM rearend. Do you have a posi-track rearend? That could be acting up and creating your problem.

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  • cy schousboe Jun 07, 2009

    It can be shimmed for sure. You can get shim kits at the dealer but I would want to be very sure that's what I had to do before I started because you have to open the rear end and partially dis-assemble it.You will also have to get access to a service manual to get the specs for your rear end. For that you will need the numbers off the tag on it. Personally, I'd rather change the rear end than try to fix it. Before you go that route, check your tires for broken belts, and your rims for cracks and/or out of line. To check your rims for trueness jack the wheel up so it spins free,then place a straight edge of some kind, I use a small sledge hammer, so it just touchs the wheel and slowly turn it and watch to see that it never loses contact. If it does lose contact you have a problem with that wheel that should be solved first. Also check to make sure your bushings are not worn or loose,especially where they connect to the frame.While you are at it double check your connecting bolts for tightness. You might also check for recalls or service bulletins at the dealer. Hope some of this helps.

  • cy schousboe Jun 09, 2009

    You are right about the c clips and they aren't hard to check but 3/16 would be close to their width each. Pull the cover and they are right there.A pair of pliers would take them off. In my area a decent used rearend goes for about $100. Any chance you ran over something sharp? I had a rear end once that chewed up those c clips like they were on sale. I ran over a pole on the highway and bent the axle tubes. Might be worth a look. Other than that I'm at a loss. Good luck.

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