What makes you think its the prop bearing and not just a wheel bearing? I havent heard of a prop bearing going yet........ What state is the gator in where the prop goes into the tx box? How many miles has the cat done?
The car is sitting at 125K at the moment, this noise has only really started since I had the clutch replaced, before then the car was noise free.
I feel heavy vibration from under the car whenever I drive through puddles, I know thats not a clever practice but most puddles around here cover the whole road and regularly stretch for more than four or five meters, especially on the single track roads. Te noise is so loud when going through a puddle, that It feels like someone has a pneumatic drill underneath the car!
Anyway, as the car gets an under chassis drenching just about every time it rains, and seeing as the bearing isn't that well sealed, I thought this should be the first place to look.
I haven't been under the car for some time, so I dont know the condition of the Txb gator. When I took the car back to complain about the drone, I got fobbed off with some excuse that the suspension had to work it's way back in, or my gearbox was on it's way out. I had to go back offshore that weekned, so I never took the matter any further.
I cant imagine the gearbox being that worn especially as it was fine before it went in, and the noise is getting wors, not better, so that rules out the suspension 'working it'self in'.
Would be pulling fuse 19 cause premature txb or propshaft bearing wear?
No, pulling fuse 19 wont cause any problems. As your getting new tyres some time, you dont need to worry rotating them either.
It could possibly be a cv joint gone. i had something similar happen on my escort believe it or not. It sounds more likely that the garage has buggered something up to me. Check the props bolts onto the floor pan. they may have not been done up propperly, and i belive u have to drop the tx box and subframe to do a clutch, so the prop must have been removed. if im on wrong on this im sure someone will put me right.......richie?
I still dont think its the prop bearing. Best bet is to have a good look when u can, and see what u can see.
Remove fuse 19 and drive it, the prop will still turn but wont be driven, car will be fwd. If the vibes go away, then it could still be prop balance/bearing etc. Hope this helps. Make sure bearing is clamped to floor of car tight.
Jast had a wee gander underneath the car. Looks like it is the forrid prop bearing, if I grap the shaft , I can wiggle it in the bearing at the front, but the rear one is solid. To be honest, I'd rather just take the shaft off. Is this feasible? I'd want to stick it back on when I get tyres though. At least then I could rule out the transfer box for sure.
How do I get the propshaft off? And be able to get it back on easily?