Bad half-shaft axle

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Old 03-28-04, 06:27 PM
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Bad half-shaft axle

2000 winstar with 52000miles, when you bounce the right (pass side) van up and down you can here clunk sound. I notice that you can move the inner CVJ around with your hand, which asume you shouldnt be able to do this? Now changing a axle half shaft is this something you can do yourself? Do you have to have any special tools?

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Old 03-29-04, 03:49 AM
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Are you sure you've diagnosed this correctly? That's not the symptom a bad axle will usually give. A bad inner joint will usually give you a vibration under acceleration. It's possible but I'd take another look before changing the axle.
To answer your question. The axle is not that hard of a job if your somewhat mechanical. You will need a large socket and bar or ratchet and a prybar along with some general hand tools..
 
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Old 03-29-04, 09:05 AM
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But should you be able to move inner cvj up and down? What else could cause the clunk sound when van is bounced on that side? It has new struts\strut bearing and outer tie-rod end.
 
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Old 03-29-04, 01:45 PM
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there are two...

...service bulletins about clunking in windstar vans. one has to do with "stuff" collecting in the spring seats and the fix is to install some isolators.

the other problem has to do with interference up inside the strut tower and is remedied by installing some spacers on top of the strut mount.

did the problem occur after having your struts replaced? if so...perhaps you should take it back to the installer and demonstrate the noise for him/her. it could be an installation problem...specifically the location of the ends of the springs.

as for your half shaft...I agree with Desi...clunking from a half shaft would be unusual. vibration when accelerating would indicate an inner CV problem...while clacking during acceleration and turning (like taking off from a stop and turning a corner)would indicate an outer CV problem.

some movement of the inner joint is normal...
 
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Old 03-29-04, 05:00 PM
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If it's that easy to duplicate the problem, just get underneath and follow the noise while someone else bounces the car. Look at things like Stabilizer frame bushings and links, all linkage incl tie rod ends and control arm bushings. A bad strut that has lost a little oil will form an air pocket and give a noise on both the up and down strokes when it meets hydraulic resistance.
 
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