Rright, bought the driveshafts and they are sat in my garage.
Car is jacked up, wheels off,castellanted nut off and driveshaft is now swinging in the wind.
I have tried with all my might, and everything else to get the driveshaft out of the gearbox but the bitch will not come.
I have started to bend my crowbar, snapped a few screwdrivers and swore a lot.
Any ideas. Am i levering in the right place. See pic below.
This is the n/s driveshaft
The o/s driveshaft has come out, but i have tried getting it back in just for practice and it wont go in fully. See this pic. Is there anything special i need to do.
Ball joints are split, and i have removed the strut and brake setup so its out the way completely.
What did you use to lever it out with, as my crowbar will not fit in very easily i have to hammer it in real hard.
Some at Halfords mentioned retaining nuts, but the only one i found was to the left of the picture next to the driveshaft.
dont know if it is the right thing to do - but the way I got mine out was grab the threaded end and pull backward + forward (like a hammer action) until it came out -
as for getting it back in - dont know if this is correct either but I screwed the castle nut back on to the end of the driveshaft ( just far enough so thread is not exposed) and hammered it back in
If you don't want the driveshaft anymore use a hammer and cold chisel. This sounds drastic, but it won't do any damage. Use the chisle against the edge one in from that arrowed in the photo.
To put the drive shaft in, make sure the ringclip is correctly seated in the groove. The driveshaft will slide in until the clip sits on the outer edge of the splines. Use a hammer and a block of wood and give it one sharp hit and it should just pop in. If it doesn't then try again, but don't go mental hitting it.
that top photo looks very familiar to my mates 1.6 cav after he spent half a day struggling, you arent doing anything wrong mate, its just a complete bitch. Some people come on and say yeah it just pulls out mate. But i know if i had to do it, i;d be there all day like you, just keep at it.
Mavv and I spent half a day struggling to get a drive shaft out, in the end he went to a local garage who issued him a big chisel. We put it on a ridge on the body of the CV joint and hit it once and only once with a hammer and out it came..... I did not bloody believe it....
i think the shock method works best as opposed to the lever method where most of the force is taken up as flex in the bar. I like haynes manual where it says take a chamfered flat bar, and drive it in at an angle and the shaft pops out lmao course it does sweetheart
grab the outer cv joint ad push it in towards the car and then pull it back towards you as fast and hard as you can using all your bodyweight. do it like you were using a slide hammer. like oddball says its the shock that pops it out, they dont like a constant pressure, i bent my crowbar too the first time till i lost the rag and just yanked it in a temper and it came out and i fell on my arselmao
its all done.
Just finished doing them. Both sides are in fine and feel great.
In the end the shock tactic worked and after a while of pushing and pulling and tapping with my variable pressure applicator it popped out.
I am very pleased.
I have spent a total of £150 thats for two driveshafts, gearbox oil, new castellanted nuts and postage, and collection of old driveshafts.
I had quotes of around £140 just to do one side, so for a little extra i have done both sides and learnt a fair bit.