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2003 GMC transfer case play

I have a 2003 GMC 2500HD 4X4 and the rear drive shaft has about 1 inch of play where the yoke comes out of the transfer case. Is this normal?

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Sounds a little loose. Would be chain issue. Any leaks? Unit prone to chipping at rear of case and leaking little by little causes unit to self destruct.

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