REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figure 1
The center support bearing must rotate freely with no noise or binding. It not a serviceable component; if it is noisy or binds it must be replaced. Use of a press with the appropriate blocks and sleeves is required for replacement.
- Remove the driveshaft as outlined previously.
- Separate the front and rear shafts and loosen the cover for the support bearing. Remove the complete bearing.
- Using a press if necessary, remove the bearing from the rubber housing. Before installing the new bearing, make sure all seating surfaces are clean.
- Install the new bearing into the rubber mount and reassemble the shaft into the bearing.
See Figures 2 and 3
- Remove the front driveshaft and center bearing assembly as outlined above.
- Press the bearing out of the rubber mount. The bearing will stay attached to the driveshaft.
- Using a drift or a press if necessary, remove the bearing from the driveshaft. Take care not to damage the dust cover around the bearing.
- Install the new bearing by pressing it onto the shaft. Install the rubber mount. Observe correct placement of the bearing within the mount.
- Reassemble the driveshaft halves. If the splines are dry, lightly coat them with grease.
- When reinstalling the driveshaft and central bearing in the car, check that the spring and washer are positioned correctly in the rubber mount. Also make sure that the bearing is centered in its mounts before final tightening.
See Figure 4
- Remove the front driveshaft section as outlined above.
- Remove the protective rubber boot and, using a sleeve of suitable size, mount the shaft in a press and remove the shaft from the bearing assembly.
- Remove the bearing from the "cage" by using the press and a sleeve.
- Install the new bearing into the cage. Support the cage as necessary and use a drift when pressing the bearing into place.
- Tap the protective ring (dust cover) onto the driveshaft, then use the press as needed to install the bearing assembly onto the shaft. Install the rear dust cover, tapping it evenly so that it seats straight.
- Check the bearing for free motion, silent operation and lack of binding.
- Install the rubber boot on the back part of the bearing. Lubricate it with a light coat of petroleum jelly. Make sure the boot is properly held in place.
- Making sure that the yokes are placed in identical positions, reassemble the front and rear driveshaft halves. Install the small rubber boot (if any) on the rear driveshaft section.
- Reinstall the driveshaft as outlined previously.