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Title says it all. I need to do my center driveshaft support, badly! Do I need to drop the exhaust? Etc...
 

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No. Just prop transmission on a jack, remove the crossmember, then unbolt flex disk and remove front driveshaft I believe. I need to do mine soon as well...
 

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Thanks you guys....seems as though I will have to drop the exhaust as well. Aye!
 

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CENTER BEARING

Bjaltima, this is definately a DIY job. I will not attempt to explain how to get the driveshaft out, you'll have to feel your way around that. However, once the shaft is out, follow the directions in the PDF file that Fish posted on marking the driveshaft. I use a centerpunch and usally mark it well. Separate the shafts, and when you get to the part where it shows a puller pulling off the bearing, you substitute it with a drift pin, preferably brass and a hammer. It will come right off. Clean the shaft with some emory cloth, and apply some lube and tap the new one in place. Be sure to take note of the front and back of the old center bearing, as I think the front was different than the back, this is so you can put the new one on in the same way. Keep us posted.............Thor
 

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Just to clarify, I meant the link was not to a DIY, but to the service manual.
Thor is correct that this job can be done by your average DIYer ;)
There is plenty of room to work around the exhaust.


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Thank you guys :)
 

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You will have to drop the exhaust to do the job. 400E exhaust leave no room for working on the shaft or flex disc replacment without removal. Disconnect at the crossover pipe, prop the entire system up, then remove the rubber hangers. Give yourself allot of room to get the exhaust system out from under the car. It's a bulky affair.

Good Luck,

Jayare
 
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