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Drive shaft center bearing

I knew it was only a matter of time but my center bearing went out on my 2010 with 80k miles. I started hearing and feeling it last week for the first time. Only under medium load like up a hill on side streets. At first it felt like a missfire. Called to make an appointment at the dealer as I have an extended warranty. Had to wait 10 days for an appointment, but I only put on about 200 miles a week so it wasn't a big deal, and I don't really even need to drive it.
A few days later I was leaving a side street and pulling onto a main road and I should have waiting for the car coming to pass but I had plenty of time to get out. So I got on it slightly to pull out and I heard it....a loud thump, and then a repeated thump thump thump. Slowed down to a stop and started slowly again. After 20 mph it started up again. Pulled into a very nice neighborhood which at the time thought that was a plus, until people driving by told me I couldn't park there. To late!!!! I wasn't able to get underneath it cause I'm lowered about 2.5" but I could smell a little burning rubber. I just had it flatbed to the dealer.
Anyway I was apprehensive about going to my dealer for the repair because I know Touareg mechanics or even people that know what a Touareg is, are few and far between. However when I called the service dept. The guy asked what the problem was and all I said was I think my center bearing on my drive shaft is going. His question... "Is it a Touareg? "and then started to explain how they replace the whole driveshaft with bearing already balanced, and they have one in stock, and he personally has done a few over the years. That put me at ease, and to be honest I have had nothing but positive things to say about my dealer.
It goes in to service in fours days update comming
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You can repair it yourself for less than 20$


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Viagra fix => less than 100$

https://kawemila.jimdo.com/english/


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No need to remove the driveshaft and risk balancing issues. No need to pay $$$$ for this.
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Hi friends.... so I'm in the exact situation here and being told I'll have to replace the entire drive shaft. Here is the bigger issue I have. The driveshaft was completely replaced by the VW dealer 5 years and 50k miles ago. My car is sitting at a local mechanic now waiting for me to give instruction. I've already called the VW dealer who did the previous work and although he agreed this shouldn't have to be replaced at 50k miles he told me I'd have to take it up with corporate. So do I tow it to VW and have them fix it while I take the issue up with corporate or have the local mechanic fix it? Any advice here is appreciated.
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You can ask for VW to help, but I will be shocked if any help occurs. If your dealer is willing to go to bat for you, VW might offer up to a half price repair. I give you 20% chance of that, if the dealer backs you. I give you a under 1% chance if the dealer does not go to bat for you.

VW has declared that this is normal wear and tear. Until and unless there is a class action on this issue, nothing will be done about it.

Still, all you have to lose is downtime of the vehicle.

I would just do the Jimi Fix. It has a long term track record and will probably outlast the engine. Just get the tension right. That just means using the correct number of pieces and the correct diameter size of hose.
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Update...
Car is being picked up tomorrow. Dealer had no issues putting it in and no out of pocket cost to me. Car is most likely being sold at the end of the month. I for one would not like the idea of hose and zip ties as a fix. All the videos looked great and fix looked decent, but I'd rather be able to tell the new buyer, that bearing was fixed with OE parts, and service. Plus it cost me less than $20
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Good news. Also good evidence for the next owner.
Funny thing is we will certainly see the next owner here in 50.000 km complaining about the same issue and hacking that drive shaft with the jimi fix


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You have been VERY lucky. Typically the centre bearing does about 60,000 miles or 5-6 years. Some go sooner, some go later, and some don't go at all!


For anyone else The Jimi Fix is good, durable and free!

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