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CV up and down movement while in transaxle.

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I have a 1995 dodge caravan 3.0 motor. I recently inspected the van for front end hobble or vibration while breaking from 40mph. Was thought to be brakes but found the cv boot off from the driver side axle now dry and dirty. Upon my inspection of both axles I find the driver side axle has slop and or up and down movement closest to the transmission. The passenger side does not have any play or movement what so ever. Is the movement i see typical? I thought it was the bearing inside the housing and the old axle creating the issue. I have a new axle with the same up and down movement. The bearing that sits in this race is not where the slop is noticed. Its in the sleeve and spline area located in between the removable housing with the race installed on it and the inside of the transmission. Exactly how much up and down movement should I see. The initial issue identified is vibration upon breaking stopping from 40mph. No vibration in pedal indicating warped rotors. The CV bearing immediately found opening the transmission housing are tight in the race. They are a little scored but not damaged. There is a sleeve with a stop holding this bevel bearing into place. Is it possible this sleeve has worn now causing the slop to the axle allowing this up and down movement? Or is up and down movement allowed and if so approximately how much is allowed. I also looked for a book with diagrams of this inside piece of the transmission so that I can replace the bearing while I have it open and haynes does not have it. I'm wondering if there is a very detailed book referencing this particular trans axle. If so please let me know. I'm not opposed to the work I've already dismantled this van in hopes of solving this vibration issue. Maybe with the new axle the issue may go away however, to satisfy my curiosity I'd love to know if this is a common issue. I wanted to replace the bearing but couldn't get the sleeve to move and the haynes manual don't describe what tools and method is necessary to remove and replace this bearing. Please help me or point me in a good direction I'm willing to learn. I'd rather gain the knowledge as opposed to going to a car shop I'm half way there.
Thank you in advance for any info you provide.
Sincerely,
Scott Wachowski

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