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Post by Biglol on Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:53 am

Has anyone had to change their Drive shafts for any reason, I was thinking back to when I had a 1100 and the UJ's would start clicking when you turned a corner. Does that happen these days ?

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Re: Drive shafts

Post by Dutto on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:26 am

Hi there,

Driven many, many hundreds of thousands of miles in a variety of vehicles since 1960 and I have never had to change the drive shaft!

The old Austin and Morris 1100's were early transverse engines with quite a few generic problems, which I presume have been sorted by other manufacturers since then.

Back in the day (around 1967) my brother lost one of his gears on his Morris 1100.  Bearing in mind that £12 a week was a decent wage in those days, he was not amused to get a £45.0.6d bill with the fully inventory listed.

Two columns.  "Labour" came to £45.0.0d and "Parts" came to £0.0.6d; this being for the new pin that held the washer that had fallen off! Whistle1

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Post by Paulmold on Sun Jun 28, 2015 9:33 am

I've never had a driveshaft replaced but have had just one CV joint replaced which have the same knocking symptoms on hard lock, and that's on taxis with mileages of £60k per year and I've been doing that for 18 years now so that's a lot of miles (mind you, I don't do many hard lock turns on motorways).

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Post by Biglol on Sun Jun 28, 2015 10:05 am

Many thanks for that gentlemen, I was out on Dartmoor the other day and I heard a knock and it took me back to the UJ's of the 1100.  must have been the terrain, we were on very uneven ground.

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Re: Drive shafts

Post by brodco on Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:00 pm

Hi  wave

I had a drive shaft fail last year, on my trusty 20 year old Volvo estate (only a little over 100k on the clock). It was the first time it had happened (to me) in over forty years of motoring.  I just pulled away gently from outside the house and after about 500 yards lost drive. I called the AA who came, condemned the automatic gearbox and helped me get it back home.

The auto box wouldn’t have been worth fixing on a vehicle of that age bearing in mind that you can by a manual version for £500 or so but I phoned our local auto gearbox specialist for a quote in any case. I spoke to a helpful chap who said it didn’t sound like the gearbox it sounded more like a broken drive shaft, “rev the engine and see if the speedo works!”

I did and it did. The local garage collected the car, fitted a new drive shaft and it was back on the road in a day or two.  up!  

Initially I hadn’t even considered a drive shaft failure. There hadn’t been any knocking beforehand (no warning signs at all).
When it failed I would have expected a bang or some sort of vibration but no, it just ground to a halt silently as if I’d taken my foot off the gas!

I’ve had the car for over ten years, it only does a couple for thousand miles a year and I  can assure you that it has never been abused in any way so I have no idea why the drive shaft failed. scratch head

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Post by Cymro on Sun Jun 28, 2015 12:30 pm

Somewhat off topic, I noticed recently that the ABS on my old car seemed to be activated when I braked to a stop. Checks established that the ABS came on - I could hear and feel it - for about 1 or 2 seconds as the speed dropped to 17mph. I assumed it was a faulty sensor. In the event it wasn't: it was (this is where I don't know the jargon) the toothed ring on the drive shaft which activates the ABS. It had cracked. My brilliant motor (a local specialist garage, not Dealer) said it was the first instance he'd ever seen. The ring is a compression fit; it's not sold separately but the whole drive shaft has to be bought for £500!! (Lexus). In the event, my brilliant garage got a ring fabricated for £40 plus vat. Job done.

(Again, sorry that this is only remotely to do with drive shaft, but I thought colleagues might be interested.)
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