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Vito Drive Shaft Replacement

Hello everyone!....new member here.I have been asked to replace a driveshaft on a friends W Reg Vito 1.2 cdi....was wondering if anyone can tell me what sort of job it is?.....not sure which side yet so is one worse than the other?....am fairly good mechanic wise but I know some of these can be real pains!...any info would be cool,thanks.P.
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Hello Mate.

Have a hunt around as there are a few threads on this subject which go into fine detail.

Broadly speaking it's a piece of cake, as long as you have the right tools.

One big hub nut, requiring a big hub nut socket and 6 hex sockets on the gearbox end.

Best to remove the wheel, once the hub nut's slackened, for access but that's about it.

No need to remove any suspension parts.

I can now remove, replace CV boots, & re-fit in about 45 mins.

Hope this helps.

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Hey Rob,thanks for your quick reply!.....from what you say its not a bad job.I know the hub nut real tight as have done similar in past.I was mostly concerned about how much dismantling was required and any special tools........but sounds fine.Thanks!(and ta for the welcome)
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Can i also add, i found that if you drop the anti roll bar it makes much more space for removal and replacement of the inner CV joint.

Without dropping that ARB, the joint does squeeze through the gap, but only just, and you have to find the exact angle for the CV joint and shaft for it to fit.

It takes a few minutes to do and will save you a lot of hassle. You only need to undo the bolt at the front on each side, you can leave the bar on and just let it hang down. There is a flat part on the ball side of the ball joint BTW that'll stop it turning when you try to undo the nut for it, hope that makes sense.

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From memory I think there is one bolt with a concentric flange that needs to be marked then realigned .

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Glad I found this thread ...thanks Matelot your info helped loads..I had just slackened off suspension parts to swing leg out then read your message and realised i didnt need to !!...........easiest Driveshaft ever to remove just got to remove cv joint now
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Thanks for the thanks!

Glad to be of help.

Be prepared for the grease...it'll get everywhere!

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O/s shaft was easy... apart from when I got it on bench and the CV joint fell to pieces...It was like a rubic's cube trying to get everything in the right place. This site is really useful: http://C:\Documents and Settings\pre...aintenance.mht

That side all done, and I removed plastic panels jetwashed all in arch and suspension parts cleaned off surface rust and waxoyled then replaced plastic panels.

Then on to N/S detached roll bar to give more room, tryed for ages to get shaft out , turned steering.....finally jacked up strut as outer cv joint needed more room this worked now its on the bench
Becareful if you have van on axle stands and jack strut up you dont want to lift it off stand..
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