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axle movement

February 20, 2010
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City, State
Michigan City IN
Year, Model & Trim Level
1994 exploerexlt
I went to change my disk brake pads today on my 94 explorer 4wd. i took the passenger side front wheel off and the auto hub. everything looks fine as far as i know. (i dont know much about the 4wd system) but when i grabbed the spline of the axle there is alot of side to side up and down movement. is this normal? or do i need to investigate it? i stopped when i saw that. i have not taken the drivers side tire off yet so i dont know if that side is the same. Thanks

Yes, that is normal. The hub stabilizes the end of the axleshaft.