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How to change a drive shaft

Just thinking about this. If the drive shaft one side has come out of the gearbox wouldn't the passenger side one still work? When I take my foot off the Clutch, the car doesn't make any effort to move. Could this be more serious than I first thought?
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Re: How to change a drive shaft

No it would not move, think one wheel off the ground it turns as there's little resistance relative to the other.
The only time it would move is if a limited slip diff was fitted or diff lock was engaged.
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If the drive shaft one side has come out of the gearbox wouldn't the passenger side one still work?
No, the diff will allow it to spin freely even when the other wheel is not turning. Sometimes if you run a car in gear with both driven wheels off the ground, only one of the wheels will turn, for the same reason.

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Could this be more serious than I first thought?
Yes. A sudden stoppage sufficient to pop a driveshaft will likely have shockloaded the engine & transmission, causing unquantifiable (without a strip examination and inspection) internal damage.
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Re: How to change a drive shaft

Thanks. The engine sounds fine now it's at the right height and angle. The car goes into all gears quitely and as it should, clutch pedal feels right. Just nothing happens when you take your foot off the clutch.

I may get a mobile mechanic in to do it or at least to look at it first. Oily bits aren't really my forte.
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