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Old 04-22-2007, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rear axle side side play?

91 XJ, Rear axle has some side to side play (in out not up down). Is this normal for this dana axle?
I can see the axle moving side to side and see the retaining clips too. It apears the groove for the clips is wider than the clips letting the axles move side to side.

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Old 04-22-2007, 03:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the axels have to have enough play to push in and get the C clip in, then pull out and seat the clip in the grove.
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the axels have to have enough play to push in and get the C clip in, then pull out and seat the clip in the grove.
On that note, once the c-clip and cross shaft in the differential are in place, the shaft shouldn't move at all.

To answer the OP directly, you shouldn't have any side to side play in an axle shaft once it's completely installed. Do you know which axle you have? XJ's came with either a D35 or a Chryco 8.25 around that time and I don't know which you would have based on the year of your vehicle alone. More info would help because the 8.25 isn't a c-clip axle IIRC.

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Old 04-23-2007, 10:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies.
I do believe its a Chrysler 8.25
Info from Randy's Ring & Pinion
Chrysler 8.25
Parts List
10 bolt rear cover with 8.25" ring gear. Has c/clip axles with 27 spline up until 1997 when it was upgraded to 29 spline. Ring Gear Diameter: 8.25
Ring Gear Bolts: (10) 3/8 X 24 LH
Cover Bolts: 10
Carrier Breaks: 2.45 / 2.56 & Up
Spline Count: 1.626 / 27
Float: SF
Semi-Float Type:
Pinion Support: False
Axle Lugs:

Compatible with Models: 1/2 Ton Chrysler Van: 1970 - 2004 (Rear)
1/2 Ton Dodge Pickup: 1970 - 2006 (Rear)
3/4 Ton Chrysler Van: 1971 - 2002 (Rear)
3/4 Ton Dodge Pickup: 1970 - 2001 (Rear)
Coronet: 1968 - 1976 (Rear)
Dakota: 1988 - 2005 (Rear)
Dart: 1972 - 1976 (Rear)
Diplomat: 1977 - 1983 (Rear)
Durango: 1998 - 2004 (Rear)
Fifth Avenue: 1972 - 1988 (Rear)
Grand Cherokee: 1992 - 2001 (Rear)
Imperial: 1971 - 1983 (Rear)
Liberty: 2002 - 2006 (Rear)
Magnum: 1978 - 1983 (Rear)
New Yorker: 1968 - 1989 (Rear)
Polara: 1970 - 1974 (Rear)
Ram Charger: 1976 - 1993 (Rear)
Satellite: 1970 - 1974 (Rear)
XJ: 1991 - 2001 (Rear)
XJ Sport: 1991 - 2001 (Rear)

There definately are "C" clips.
So if there shouldn't be movement side to side then what do I do about it?
New "C" clips?
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New c-clips won't fix your problem, all they do is keep the shaft tight between the cross shaft and the side gears. You need to pull the differential apart and find out why it's moving.
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New c-clips won't fix your problem, all they do is keep the shaft tight between the cross shaft and the side gears. You need to pull the differential apart and find out why it's moving.
Thats what I'm talkin bout.
Axle moves between cross shaft and side gears.
Just the axlw not the diff.
Thanks I'll try new clips.
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