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Old 07-16-2011
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Well hi to everyone out there... Working on my 97 f150 rear differentail.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Im about to put a new carrier assembly in my 97 f150 8.8in 355gear. After taking differential cover and tires off i noticed side play in my old carrier. If i push and pull my axle you can see my old carrier moving side to side inside the axle housing. Is this normal or is it possible my shims are worn. I know that there should be some play with the axles and side gears but should the whole carrier be moving. What esle should I look at before installing new carrier.
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When the carrier moves do both axles move with it? Can you see the other hub move? If both axle are moving then a bushing must be worn out and allowing the carrier to move. Or perhaps the axle is not seated all the way. Check the C lock inside the diff to make sure they are in correct. Failure to have those C locks in correctly will result in your wheel and axle passing you on the highway.
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