How much play should be in the CV axle left to.

Tiny
ALANCOWART
  • 1974 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
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How much play should be in the cv axle left to right? Put new tires on today on my dads bug and noticed the axle moves in and out about 1" to 1.5" both sides

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 AT 11:13 PM

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Tiny
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Could be the axle bearings (they fit into the outer arm which holds the CV axle). when these bearings wear out they can cause excessive play.

http://i883.photobucket.com/albums/ac39/Bricecubed/CIMG0150.jpg

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 AT 11:23 PM
Tiny
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So what U r saying is this is excessive PLAY?

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 AT 11:42 PM
Tiny
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There is a pluge joint in the axle that has a little play. 1 to 1.5 is a lot of play.

Are you sure the suspension is not moving from a worn out part?

Roy

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Thursday, December 20th, 2012 AT 11:44 PM
Tiny
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As long as the sub axle on the outside and the transmission flange on the inside are not moving, then that is normal play
for old worn CV joints.

Keep in mind that the axles have to be able to extend & contract during suspension level changes (as the suspension
travels up and down).

I recorded a video of axle shaft "free play" from a Vanagon just now. Will upload later tonight so you can see / compare
to your Bug.

New joints are stiff and will not move easily side to side.

Thomas

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 AT 12:45 AM
Tiny
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Thanks A BUNCHES !

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 AT 1:21 AM
Tiny
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Here's the video I made... sorry about the "quickness" of the video (I was busy working on something else and snuck under my coworkers
hoist). I slowed and stabilized the video a little in the middle... normal speed at the beginning and end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCVtl8zcGjY

I would have to see and feel the ply myself to be able to tell you if it were excessive or not.

Thomas

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 AT 3:05 AM
Tiny
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Seems to me that the video is excessive play, but what do I no?

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 AT 3:10 AM
Tiny
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Like I said. The shaft has to be able to extend and contract. It does this via the joints.

If there were no movement, then the suspension would not be able to function.

Now you know.

Thomas

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Friday, December 21st, 2012 AT 3:22 AM

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