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I couldn’t decide whether this was the right section, or the drive line section. Mods feel free to move if not in the right place.

I’m having driveshaft issues. I’ll break it down into sections.

Car: Aug 2002 R53 on APs and running pretty low.

First problem was the inner CV on the near side (passenger) shat itself and sprayed CV grease everywhere. This was combined with a really bad vibration at speed. I decided to replace both shafts. In fact while it was in bits I decided to polly bush the rear wishbone mounts, fit new wheel bearings and change the ball joints as well. I also had a set of R56 brakes to go on but ran out of time on the day.

Fitted everything up and car felt amazing to drive. I’ve done about 80 miles in it since the swap. Today I went down to my mates workshop to do the brake swap and when we got it up on the lift noticed the gearbox and passenger side of the subframe was wet. The bloody shafts had come out of the box. Pics below:

Passenger side:



Drivers side:





So. Passenger side shaft is the worse of the two and seems to have destroyed the gearbox seal. It was a J&R shaft as recommended on here.

Drivers side I can’t remember the brand, it was the only one I could source at short notice. It turns out that the one I ordered is for a post 2004 car. I didn’t know there was any difference and anyway that one has only come out a bit.

So what did I do wrong? THe passenger side one pushes back in easily which suggests either the end is broken or the gearbox input is shagged as it should be hard to push them in right? How has the drivers side one come out? There’s no clip on those to hold them in the box.

I’m properly pissed off as I’ve spent a fair bit of wedge and the car is now abandoned outside my mates workshop.

Please help me MiniTorque, you’re my only hope. Lol.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I’ve done some double checking tonight and both shafts are the correct length according to the descriptions on eBay.

How do you guys push them in? We were using a drift on the outer end to hammer them home in the box.

Anyone know where I could pick up a new gearbox seal on a Saturday, ECP and GSF don’t list them.
 

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I am going to lift it eventually. I bought the car already lowered on APs but it didn’t come with the spammers to adjust the collars. I need to find some from somewhere.

Pretty sure my current issue isn’t due to the ride height, but I understand that lowering murders the CV joints as they’re constantly running at an angle they normally would only see on occasion.
 

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I’ve got loads of C spanners but the collars on the APs are weird. They have holes in them rather than notches.

Cheers for the tip re gearbox seals. Picking up a pair this afternoon from Cooper Reading.
 

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I've had J&R send me shafts with the wrong bearing bracket on (Cooper instead of cooper s) and this causes the inner shaft to be pulled out of the gearbox by an inch or so and not seal properly. Check that the number on the braket is the same as the OEM one.
Now that is interesting. We noticed the number on the bracket casting was different but compared the brackets and they looked the same so didn’t worry about it. Sadly the old shafts got collected by the scrap collector the other day so I can’t double check.
 

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The bearing in the bracket comes out really easily and moves up and down the shaft. I guess that’s the fault with this one. That bearing should be holding that shaft into the box.
 

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Yup. The bearing comes out of the bracket and the bearing moves freely up and down the shaft.

I think I’ve sourced some used OE shafts off a mate to get it roadworthy again. I also picked up two brand new gearbox seals from mini to be in the safe side.
 
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