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Old 26-03-2010   #1
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Drive shaft problem

Hi

I have a problem with my doblo van.

The drivers side engine mount has given way. The engine dropped and the driveshaft came out of of the gearbox.

The drive shaft is tottaly knackered at the gearbox end. As far as i can see i cant see any damage to the gearbox.

Fiat have quoted me 600 for a new drive shaft and all the gubbons.

Is there any where i can get the parts secondhand or after market parts.

Cant afford 600. Also a diagram of how it all go back together would be very handy.

Is it a difficult job? I do have quite a bit of experience but is there any surprises in store for me that would help if I knew of beforehand.

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Chris
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Re: Drive shaft problem

which engine? on the 1.9 jtd its its not to difficult but you will need certain tools to do it, for instance a ball joint separator and 35 or 36mm (cant remember which) socket to remove the wheel bearing nut, other than this no special tools are required. i can tell you how i did mine if helps, although theres no point if your engine is different to mine, as its the only doblo engine i have worked on, let us know, regards, geoff
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Re: Drive shaft problem

ball joint seperator.......nah hammer does just aswell

Please feel free & tell usGeoff, if you have any pictures we can turn it into a guide
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Re: Drive shaft problem

Many moons ago I had a car fail on CV boot split.
The only way, then, to do the job was to remove the drive shaft from the box, remove the inner CV joint & boot in order to slide the outer boot all the way back along the shaft (about a year later they introduced a euro boot which simply wrapped around the shaft & glued along the edges).
I've also had to remove the shaft on a couple of earlier Astras - they all came out the same way, wheel off, remove the large nut on the end of the shaft, ping the balljoint, swing the suspension/wheel out of the way then give the shaft a good sharp tug - all were only held in by a simple O ring in a groove on the shaft.
On the first example, I was told it was a difficult job, took the stealers 8 hours & required 'specialist tools'.
Hmmm.To remove the nut on the end of the shaft I had to use my 3/4 drive socket set with long reach socket, heat the nut 'til it was cherry red, support the socket & small extension bar on an axle stand and use a 4ft scaffold pole for extra leverage - so everything you'd find around the average car DiYer's shed?
Putting the shaft back was simply a case of marrying the splines on the shaft with the internals of the box & giving a sharp tap on the end of the shaft to engage the O ring.
Had I realised both nuts would be such a pain, I would have bought a new pair for a fiver and used a splitter to crack them off.
Anyway, total time taken to do both - 9 hrs
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