Greetings all, and thanks in advance for any thoughts or ideas you can throw my way. I have a 1997 Escort with a 5 speed manual transmission. The car needed a new drivers side axle very badly, and after a torturous battle, we got the old one out. We're currently trying to get the new one installed, but when we put it in, the axle still feels loose, is easy to pull back out, and seems to spin freely (by hand) even if the car is in gear. This is the first time I've had the pleasure (yes, I am a sado-mascichist) of replacing an axle and things just don't seem correct. Is the axle supposed to spin freely like that after it goes in if the car is in gear. Shouldn't it set up tightly and not move until the engine is driving the transmission (when in gear)? Or are we missing something here? We did lose a bit of transmission fluid, which I'll fill up before starting of course but I can't imagine that things would be spinning like this is everything is OK. Thanks again for any help!