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    Thanks Marius. Do you know what the purpose of the big casting round the front mount is. Had to remove it to get the prop out. Not sure if I'll get it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zxdan View Post
    Thanks Marius. Do you know what the purpose of the big casting round the front mount is. Had to remove it to get the prop out. Not sure if I'll get it back.
    It seems to me like it is a harmonic damper. If VW put it there I wouldn't remove it.

    Install it first before installing the propshaft.

    If yo loosen the two subframe bolts that sit just in front of the rear wheels under the body all the way out and then turn them in a couple of turns.

    Then turn the rear bolts of the rear subframe 3-4 turns.

    Now chock the wheels with bricks. All 4 of them.

    Use the jack and jack up the car just in front of the rear wheels. This gives enough clearance to get the propshaft in.

    It also helps to remove the exhaust slip joint (2x 13mm nuts) and the hangar bracket (2x 13mm bolts) and let the exhaust drop down.

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    Thanks, I'll give it a shot. SAJCo, the company you got the bearing from quoted R3200+VAT to remove, replace bearing and re-install. Pity I did not know of them before I removed it myself. Propshaft Exchange in Pretoria are doing the propshaft for R3500.

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    And please remember the axle stands for safety. Never climb underneath without them.

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    Just to reconfirm. This propshaft bearing typically packs up at about 125 000km right? So maybe good to get it serviced before then? What are the typical warning signs? Bearing play, noise, smells, colours, tap dancing?

    Thanks so far.

    Mine goes in to the dealers for its final workshop under maintenance plan. Will book leave and look over shoulder of mechanic. May insist on proper inspection of propshaft as well.

    Cheers

    So begin dit...

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    Most report an instant failure with a thud thud thud under the center armrest.

    Mine hasn't failed yet but I got vibrations in 5th gear under load.

    I put some silicone to support the rubber part of the carrier and the vibrations changed with affirmed my diagnosis.

    However, my bearing is not in terrible shape and with the CV boots on the shaft in poor condition I decided to do it once the correct way and sent the shaft in for a complete look over.

    This is the test to see if the bearing carrier has failed.

    This amount of movement is too much

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    We have two Touareg's in the family and both failed without notice. Mine, a R5 failed at +-160 000 and my sons V6 at +-130 000. The rubber looked old and perished (full off small cracks). You get a slight vibration but with in 10km you get the hammer in the drive train.

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    As I went through this breakdown while in Mozambique, herewith a few pointers which are already covered in extensive threads elsewhere on the forum.

    - it will strike without warning, it goes from noticeable to not driveable within a few km's.

    - inspection of the carrier bearing can be done nicely with a smart phone video camera with the light on. It lets you see without removing the mounting bracket. Look for fine cracks in the rubber. If you have those it needs to be replaced asap..

    - the rubbers failure is less mileage and more age dependant. 5 years is the norm. Start worrying from 4 years onwards though. If you live in a high altitude hot polluted climate it is more likely to fail earlier. The rubber is not very ozone resistant, and this is what starts breaking it up.

    - luckily roadside repair is absolutely possible. It can be done with a strip of bicycle tube which you wrap around the bearing to re-create the carrier. Some two sided tape will help hold it in place. A more permanent but still temporary fix would be silicone sealant, however this requires 48 hours to cure (I did this in Mozambique).

    I've always wondered whether this problem cannot be entirely eliminated simply by spreading a nice even layer of silicone sealant over the rubber when new. Thereby the rubber is no longer subject to the elements, i.e. the ozone which destroys it.
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    Hope they sorted the issues on the new ones..... Also, strange that no recalls were done as this seems to be a common problem.
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    The original bearing is a black bearing.

    The one I got from SAJCO has an orange type bearing and the rubber feels pretty sturdy.

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    Are you going to post a DIY video on doing the repair/replacement for us other "ten thumbs" oaks?

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    The shaft has been sent in for bearing fitting, overhaul and balance.

    I just removed and will refit.

    There is a very detailed diy on clubtouareg somewhere. Im trying to find it.

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    You must have one of the most supportive/understanding SWAMBO's for not (what seems) to have giving you a hard time about your beetle!

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    She says she misses the gen3 pajero.....

    Hehe. She is very understanding though. I couldnt ask for a better soul mate. She makes me better and keeps me calm when I want to do something that will require me to lie to TuffStuff. Hehe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kortgat View Post
    As I went through this breakdown while in Mozambique, herewith a few pointers which are already covered in extensive threads elsewhere on the forum.

    - it will strike without warning, it goes from noticeable to not driveable within a few km's.

    - inspection of the carrier bearing can be done nicely with a smart phone video camera with the light on. It lets you see without removing the mounting bracket. Look for fine cracks in the rubber. If you have those it needs to be replaced asap..

    - the rubbers failure is less mileage and more age dependant. 5 years is the norm. Start worrying from 4 years onwards though. If you live in a high altitude hot polluted climate it is more likely to fail earlier. The rubber is not very ozone resistant, and this is what starts breaking it up.

    - luckily roadside repair is absolutely possible. It can be done with a strip of bicycle tube which you wrap around the bearing to re-create the carrier. Some two sided tape will help hold it in place. A more permanent but still temporary fix would be silicone sealant, however this requires 48 hours to cure (I did this in Mozambique).

    I've always wondered whether this problem cannot be entirely eliminated simply by spreading a nice even layer of silicone sealant over the rubber when new. Thereby the rubber is no longer subject to the elements, i.e. the ozone which destroys it.
    Dankie. Die opsomming help baie.

    So begin dit...

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    In general, I've wondered why auto manufacturers stick with the synth rubber rubbish when there are so many variations of silicon and polyurethane pseudo-rubber that can do the job just as well and last longer............
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    Quote Originally Posted by MariusFourie View Post

    There is a very detailed diy on clubtouareg somewhere. Im trying to find it.

    Here is the thread where I put the all the eggs in one basket.

    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...52#post2311752

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    Manage to fit the prop shaft without having to remove anything else. Put the casting in position then just guided it in from the back. A bid of a squeeze getting the back coupling in, but it slides over the plastic on the back cross member. Fitted a couple of the back bolts then the hanger with two bolts. that made the six bolts on the front quite easy.

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    awesome. Good news!

    Hope mine goes that easy as well.

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