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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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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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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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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!
I was a bit worried about the Jimi Fix, it looked too kludgy to me and I'm a kludger. But honestly the OEM set up is weak, as it is on any other car that has a centre bearing mount. I have 2 other cars with it.

I made a rubber insert out of an old Gates coupling but really it wasn't necessary.
I did a Jimi Fix on my son's E36 and it works perfectly. My son is very hard on machinery.

I figured that the OEM system is pretty crap so this could only be better.
 

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Is there a similar part in the States as shipping is 23 Euros and who knows how long it will take to get to me. I first felt a slight vibration and yesterday when I went to drive the truck I got the thumping. Has lots of play. Surprising it lasted 112k miles as far as I know.
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Seriously, insert short pieces of rubber hose in that gap and secure them with zip ties; it work better than the original.
 

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That's it. I could only find pics of the viagra fix in the time I had. It's way overpriced compared to this.
 

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Now that this horrible looking fix is accepted I wonder if I can get any love for my shrink tube on the charge pipe connections kludge?
 

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Now that this horrible looking fix is accepted I wonder if I can get any love for my shrink tube on the charge pipe connections kludge?
You can.... from some of us..... I've ran "copper pipe" from the hardware store as charge piping both on the street and track in the past..... do the best you can with the resources you have available....
 

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You can.... from some of us..... I've ran "copper pipe" from the hardware store as charge piping both on the street and track in the past..... do the best you can with the resources you have available....
I really don't like doing repairs using the same weak components that broke down before.
$50 - $60 for a piece of rubber pipe that you know is just going to fail again.
 

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What do you know. I just happened to have 5/8 heater hose around and used that. Got it all back together and will drive the truck tomorrow. It is a good time to clean the surrounding area of road grime and coat with fresh motor oil or car wax.

Can confirm that my local dealer wanted to sell me a whole new driveshaft. An indy shop quoted me $700 to replace just the mount and $1,400 to replace the entire driveshaft. They claimed I will soon need a whole new DS anyways, not sure about that. Total cost was $0 as I had the hose and zip ties. If the vibration is gone it will be safe to call it a win.
 
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