In Reply to: I have a Bentley's and have read the proc......(M) posted by Scott H. on August 29, 2001 at 20:29:44:
If mechanic said the drive shaft looked good, I'd keep it. May save you a bit of time since you will not have to remove the rear connection to the diff. Since you are reusing the driveshaft, make appropriate marks so you get everthing lined up as it was before (to avoid any vibration/balance problems).
The only part of the drive shaft that might possibly be affected would be the u joints. Likely not a problem. But since you have your cousin and a well equiped shop, you could always go back and do the driveshaft later should you need to. $800 is $800 (thats a goodly number of new tools!)
Your cousin should have no problem with this one. Go with the guibo, locking nuts/bolts and the center bearing. Oh yeah, the guibo has arrows on it which I believe have to point to the front of the car (check it).
Let us know how it turns out.
I really appreciate your help with this. I read through the Bentley procedure this evening and it looks like something I can tackle. My cousin is the head mechanic at a Ford dealership and I plan on using him as well as the well outfitted shop! With those tools in my corner this should go well. I was wondering if I should get the center bearing only or if I should get the new drive-shaft assy w/ center bearing. The drive-shaft is in good condition per the mechanic who checked out the car. I'm not looking for cheap fixes, but $400 saved in labor plus $400 saved in parts equals $800 I can put toward many other things for this car. Should I just buy the guibo and the center bearing and the necessary self-locking nuts and go to town or should I buy the new drive-shaft assy? 12-year old car w/ 72,000 miles.
Thanks again Don,
Scott '89 535i 5-spd