If the rubber diaphragm is good, you can re-grease the bearing. I think mine failed because of lack of lubrication on the bearing. It seized and tore the rubber diaphragm.I need to do this too as my 2008 V8 is about to hit 110K and still has the original OEM bearing on it too. I climbed under this summer and looked and didn't see any wear but i'll have to eventually get to it unless i become lucky and mine lasts longer too lol.
In case it's useful to anyone, here are pictures of my center carrier that has yet to fail. 2008 V8 with 112,000 mi.
Since it looks like its day is coming, my plan is to clean it out as well as possible with a mild cleaner and start applying multiple layers of RTV to try to keep it going. I'll be carrying power steering hose, stainless zipties, and a sharp blade in the toolbox for an emergency fix on the road. For long-term, I think the red PU replacement posted earlier is the most promising fix... I just need to find a shop that will install it.
$65? I wouldn't bother with any fix up at that price.Wow pull off shields, horse needles it boggles my mind for $65 you can buy a whole new carrier bearing and an extra 3 to 4 hours fit a whole new unit that will last another 5 years.
$65? I wouldn't bother with any fix up at that price.
If you're going to put the hours into it do it right.
I'd do a fix up on my SAAB that I bought for $600 But the Touareg gets fixed properly.
Where did you buy yours from? I did detroit axel and it just bolts in one way, it was a pain doing by myself but you should be having any noise or shake unless it didn't come balanced. Literally bolt on and go.I've been skimming through pages and haven't seen the post, but can someone explain how to properly align the new shaft once it's in? I'm getting a little noise after I mounted the new shaft.
I got the shaft from Colorado Drive Shaft. Bolted on fine, was told it was balanced in their shop, getting some noise. The trans seems fine, I don't think the front diff is a problem, but the plate that the center bearing bolts to has elongated holes, I assume for adjustment but I think there's more to it than what I did. (Tighten down)Where did you buy yours from? I did detroit axel and it just bolts in one way, it was a pain doing by myself but you should be having any noise or shake unless it didn't come balanced. Literally bolt on and go.