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Old 03-27-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Loose rear axle? Try this test

Hopefully this is a normal thing to happen...

2008 Rubicon, auto, in park, no hill, level concrete ground.

Talking with a friend by my Jeep - I put my foot at top of the rear tire and pushed on the tire with my foot a few times and noticed there was some play in the axle. I was surprised and braced myself and pushed several times really hard and noticed that I was getting "play" out of the axle - it looked almost like the wheels were loose (they are not). It did not move but maybe a mm, but enough to get a small "clunk" out of the area when pushed.

It does this on both sides of the rear axle - it does not do this on the front wheels. I don't have any issues with the Jeep and there are no known issues, just really surprised about the amount of play.

Try it and see if this happens on your Jeep - hopefully this is "normal" play.

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Old 03-28-2011, 04:49 AM   #2
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Freeplay?? As in you were pushing the top of the tyre towards the jeep and it moves? that does not sound right... mine doesnt do that!

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Old 03-28-2011, 04:52 AM   #3
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my 95 yj axles are tighter than a crab fart, and thats air tight.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:30 PM   #4
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OK - had a friend look under the Jeep while we pushed the axle/wheels back and forth - turns out to be a loose sway bar. Just tightened the drivers side and all is good. Whew!! Stomach was starting to get in a knot about this.

Now I know - this is a good easy periodic check to perform!!
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