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Slight lopihg when taking off think it needs axle shaft adj

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If you mean that the vehicle shakes under acceleration as if the whole drivetrain is rocking back and forth then you may be on spot with the axle shaft causing the issue. When an inner cv axle joint becomes damaged it can cause this. I am afraid there is no adjustment for the shaft/joint. It must be replaced. Be sure to inspect engine and transmission mounts as they are a common cause of the axle shaft failure. When the mounts wear or the rubber breaks/disintegrates it allows one side of the engine to sag causing the inner joint to bind and break internally. I have found that most often it is the transmission mount that causes the problem, but have seen engine mounts do it too.

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