Very well documented issue.
Yes, it is, which is very useful. But I've not come across it with owners down here (yet).Very well documented issue.
I'll read the DIY bits through. I know people in the motor trade, so I'll get it done at a cheap rate if any special requirements beyond my own mechanical skills. But, I'll have a look under a hoist and check the condition of mine now that I know what I'm looking for.How are you going to get it changed out ?
I have been also watching it on eBay, but not sure if I can find competent shop to get it swapped out when time comes. It requires a press to disassemble the shaft and then balancing after they replace the bearing.
They sell the bearing separately on EBAY. Does that mean we can replace the bearing part ONLY, rather than the whole shaft?Enter: drive shaft failure
It looks like the rubber was the issue in this picture, but that bearing wasn't too far behind with corrosion. I'm sure this is worse in some areas than others due to salting/moisture.Enter: drive shaft failure
Hi OILSLURPER, looks you've got a spare and wondering if it is the bearing only or the whole shaft? I followed it on EBAY while found it is only the bearing part. Not sure if I need the whole driveshaft.Hang on, I did a search through here and all I found (so far) was owner threads and comment about costly rectification after failure. That makes no sense to me. So, am I correct in deducing that there is a frequency of drive shaft centre carriers/bearings that fail (apparently prematurely), but they appear not to be checked during routine servicing? That cannot possibly be true - surely they are checked? Logically, if they were a planned maintenance item, then they'd be replaced at XYZ klms/miles. VW MTBF data should be picking this up. If the carrier or bearing fails before it was intended, then the feedback of data should indicate VW issuing a TSB for rectification at their cost. Of course, no maker wants the public to know MTBF if the figures mean out-of-warranty costs to the maker (thus, extra expense). Some owners have paid a high $ price for a replacement $50 part. I'd be happy for some feedback on this or correct me if I'm getting out of context with the thread.
The part is depicted as the carrier and bearing, so that's what I'm expecting in the seller package. What I don't understand on this thread is why the driveshaft needs replacing. Ok, if the bearing failed and the driveshaft sh1t itself, I get that. Otherwise, I do not see why it has to be replaced (unless it's otherwise damaged). I'm all for preventive maintenance. If, when I get underneath and have look and mine is still sound, then all good. If the rubber is showing signs of fatigue, I'll replace the carrier and bearing. If I remove mine, there should be no need to rebalance the d/shaft if I mark the ends before I remove them and then align the marks on the refit. Someone please enlighten me further if I'm wrong on this logic.Hi OILSLURPER, looks you've got a spare and wondering if it is the bearing only or the whole shaft? I followed it on EBAY while found it is only the bearing part. Not sure if I need the whole driveshaft.
Sorry mate but I still maintain that a centre bearing failure @ 50-60000km is WAY premature unless you've jacked the car up off the chassis to make the angle it's working at too great but it's a bit hard on a Treg as there isn't one. It should last 160-200 at least , really normal expectations would be more like 300000km and failure before that is a design fault to be covered by the manufacturer regardless of age of vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just my 2 bob's worth, John.Hey, the other thing is this, this is not just a quirk with the Treg; it happens on other 4x4's and AWD's from what I've learnt. As I said, proper preventive maintenance (from VW servicing) should have picked this stuff up. These guys know when the fail (Mean Time Between Failure - MTBF). If for eg, the MTBF (from collected service/repair/warranty data) is 60,000 odo clicks, then they should be pulled at say, 50,000 odo clicks. It's a cheap fix compared to failure and the sh1t hitting the fan after it fails. Make sense?
There's a US thread on this topic and suggest you have a read at when the failure is occuring.....it's very early:It should last 160-200 at least , really normal expectations would be more like 300000km and failure before that is a design fault to be covered by the manufacturer regardless of age of vehicle!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just my 2 bob's worth, John.