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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-28-2004, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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Pass. side driveaxle is loose inside the transmission.... need ideas

What do you think?

some of you may remember my hunt to figure out what the annoying popping was. It would happen only from stop to 30mph or so and under half decent acceleration, it would be a VERY loud POP like sound and would continue if you stayed on it... so being no n00b to fixing cars I've attempted a few things, but nothing looked strange and eventually I ended up taking it to a shop... they *think* it's the passender side driveaxle (not the cv-shaft) as according to them it's is very loose inside the transmission.

makes sense?

I'm 99.9% sure of "no", but any way of getting to it relatively easily without having to pull the entire motor/tranny out? (still a possibility btw, I've swapped many motors before and wouldn't mind doing it if I HAD to...).

a nice detailed transmission diagram would help as this is my first FWD car and I'm not sure how the axle is exactly held in place.

thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
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I have diagrams for a 1997 Intrepid ES, if that will help. Are they certain it is not the CV joint? I had a similar problem and that is what it turned out to be.

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Oh I'm sorry, I forgot to include the year...

1995 Intrepid ES, I'd really appreciate it if you could send me those diagrams to [email protected]

and while I thought the same thing at first, I have personally changed both CV half shafts (it's the whole assembly from transmission to the wheel, already preassembled for you and much easier to change than just a CV joint), they were brand new units, I put them in myself and the problem didn't change one bit. :(
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Alrighty, in that case I'll send you what diagrams I have, they should be the same for your car.
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If you've changed them out before, why do you need diagrams? What exact diagrams do you need?

It was doing this noise before and after the halfshaft replacement?


Really, it's pretty hard for the halfshafts to be loose enough to be noisey. They are setup so they are being clamped inbetween the transmission and the hub, by the front suspension. That is why it doesn't need to be bolted to the transmission. For them to be loose enough to make a noise would require very damaged CV joints.


Ignore what the shop said. Look at the suspension.

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you are misunderstanding me or maybe I'm not being clear enough.

think of this as a little diagram

Wheel hub - halfshaft - axle - transmission - axle - halfshaft - Wheel Hub

according to them the AXLE is loose within the transmission. The halfshafts connect to the axle (that sticks out of the tranny) and go to wheel hubs.
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btw the noise was the same before or after I replaced both halfshafts. Something else is making that noise.
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By axle, do you mean the shaft inside the transmission itself?

Drive axle usually refers to the halfshaft itself.
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that's true, I wasn't being totally clear.

Yes the shaft that is inside the transmission seems to be the problem. Hence why I needed the diagram to see how it is held in place within the transmission and if ripping the engine/transmission out is an option and worth doing with the intention of rebuilding the transmission myself or replacing it if I had to.
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