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Old 07-26-2010, 06:35   #1 (permalink)
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Rear end, axle, bearings? I don't know what the problem is on 1999 v6 mustang

A friend of mine let me take their car for a drive and I noticed something kinda funny. It was making some funny noises so I decided to pull on the wheels a little bit on the rear of the car. There is an excessive amount of play on both sides when I pull on the wheels. Any ideas whats going on? I'm assuming its a 7.5" rear end on a 1999 V6? Any ideas on what the cheapest/best approach is to getting it fixed? I'm thinking to just drop another rear end in it from the junk yard?
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Re: Rear end, axle, bearings? I don't know what the problem is on 1999 v6 mustang

It's normal to have in and out play in the axle. Maybe ¼" movement. Up and down should be VERY slight. Look on the door sticker to see which axle it has.
X5 — 3.27 conventional.
Z5 — 3.27 conventional.
VM — 2.73 locker.
LE — 3.27 locker.
ME — 3.27 locker.
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Its a Z5. The car has 100k miles on it. I'm not sure how you test the rear end. Maybe its just me, but something doesn't feel right. I get a clunk when I put it in gear too.
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Re: Rear end, axle, bearings? I don't know what the problem is on 1999 v6 mustang

Check the u-joints and turn the driveshaft back and forth to see how much the shaft has to turn to take up the freeplay. It should be somewhere between .007 and .015. Also, make sure it's not idling to high.
If you need another axle you can search for a used axle here. Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
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