Originally Posted by revhigh
Zillion is 100% correct ... otherwise it would rip the halfshaft out of the trans as it moved up and down with the bumps in the road.
Every halfshaft I've ever seen has that lateral play.
Lateral play when you pull on the wheel? I still don't think so. Maybe if you disconnect it from the hub assembly and get the play, but not while everything is attached. The wheel shouldn't move.