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Old 04-15-2012, 03:30 PM   #1
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How's my Shaft look? Another reason to DIY..

I was changing the gear lube in the D35 of my new '98 Sport. I found some unsettling evidence of previous carnage.

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Looks like the splines of a broken axle shaft. What was so unsettling is that these pieces were in the bottom of the gear housing. So, expecting the worse and hoping for the best, I pulled the drivers side axle shaft so I could do further inspection. These pieces were fished out of the axle tube

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Some of the pieces had actually melted into the axle tube itself

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There are metal shavings EVERYWHERE.
A gouged bearing.

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So I have a lot of cleaning still ahead. The axle shaft doesn't look too bad (considering how much loose metal was in there).

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I'm planning on an 8.8 in the near future and don't want to put any money (other than new bearing/seals) into an axle I'm not planning on keeping. I'm thinking I can get by with this for a little longer until I have all my 8.8 money ready...whatcha think? , I hope the passenger side isn't any worse. I see now why the PO won't return my calls.

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:33 PM   #2
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Yikes. But looks like it should be good for a little while. I was gona make a comment about the thread title as well...

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Old 04-15-2012, 03:38 PM   #3
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Somebody was a definite POS somewhere along the way
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:42 PM   #4
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Gotta admit this is NOT what I thought this thread was going to talk about...
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:43 PM   #5
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Take care of your shaft and your shaft will not fail you
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:29 PM   #6
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From experience, once the driveshaft is grooved, it will chew up outer wheel bearings pretty quickly. If you don't have gear oil all over the inside of your rear tire than you can probably get by for a while just replacing the bearing and seal.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:33 PM   #7
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it will chew up outer wheel bearings pretty quickly
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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I don't have any leaks, I only found it through changing all the fluids, as I do all used vehicles I buy. My plan is to pull both shafts, clean the tubes and install new bearings/seals. I wasn't sure how far the splines went into the carrier/sidegears. The only damage I can see on the shaft is at the very bottom of the splines.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #9
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I still can't believe that someone would be so lazy, careless or ignorant to have left all that debris behind. I'm still kinda P'd abt it, just senseless!

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