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Maybe you could test the theory by heating the doughnut with a hair dryer?
I've done a few centre bearing carrier replacements including my own and all of them have had bearings ropey enough that I wouldn't use this fix.
I guess in a case like this it's unfortunate that the stiffer mount is more likely to transmit vibration too.
The bearing itself is very smooth with no notchiness to it at all. I did think the more solid carrier would transmit more vibration but surely that would happen regardless of road speed?

Anyway, with the plate removed and the propshaft allowed to sit in its natural position (i.e. with the rubber doughnut not pulled in any direction) there's a substantial gap between the carrier and the plate. In other words, bolting the carrier to the plate pulls the carrier downwards. I need to get a couple of longer bolts so that I can insert a spacer so I'll try that tomorrow.
 

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My bearing failed during a trip two weekends ago. So I bought a new centre bearing from the UK and had it shipped to Iceland.

This was a good excuse to buy car stands, so me and a friend bought a pair each (6t per axle, 600mm height) and went to work.

What a bitch getting that driveshaft off it was. Took us about 2.5 hours in total. In fairness for a 10 year old car with 170k miles on it, the underneath was in fantastic condition. None of the bolts, except the exhaust clamp bolts, were bad. Biggest issue was detaching from the rear diff, it just wouldn't budge so we did the, low range, tight corner approach. What a horrible sound. Did make me think that my brake fluid needs replacing. It was struggling to hold on the brakes, and my pads and discs are new-ish.

The actual bearing replacement i got done by a driveshaft specialist, i don't have a vice, bearing puller or anything, those tools would have been expensive here and i couldn't balance it anyway. Glad i did get it done because the driveshaft was out of balance apparently.

It was tough but I'm glad we did it, one less thing to worry about i think.


Thanks to all who have posted before me and paved the way!
 

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Bit of a cross post but thought my short story should be here for the record... 2008 Altitude V6.

My bearing had done 72k miles, was knocking badly but the bearing itself was running smooth with little or no play notably. Just the rubber had perished / split making the whole shaft loose.

I order my Viagra fix from Keith D in Germany this week. Excellent correspondence & guidance!

£82 later my Viagra arrived within 2.5days in sunny Scotland! Yesterday set about fitting it. Instructions super clear and easy to follow. Very easy job to do and repacked the bearing with grease while I was at it. 2hr test drive later and it runs very smoothly. No vibrations, knocking or squeaks. I can imagine this temporary repair lasting a very long time tbh.

Top Treg recommendation indeed! Worked perfectly for me...
 

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Bit of a cross post but thought my short story should be here for the record... 2008 Altitude V6.

My bearing had done 72k miles, was knocking badly but the bearing itself was running smooth with little or no play notably. Just the rubber had perished / split making the whole shaft loose.

I order my Viagra fix from Keith D in Germany this week. Excellent correspondence & guidance!

£82 later my Viagra arrived within 2.5days in sunny Scotland! Yesterday set about fitting it. Instructions super clear and easy to follow. Very easy job to do and repacked the bearing with grease while I was at it. 2hr test drive later and it runs very smoothly. No vibrations, knocking or squeaks. I can imagine this temporary repair lasting a very long time tbh.

Top Treg recommendation indeed! Worked perfectly for me...

Glad your back mobile, you could say the genuine bearing is equally a temporary fix
 

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Bit of a cross post but thought my short story should be here for the record... 2008 Altitude V6.

My bearing had done 72k miles, was knocking badly but the bearing itself was running smooth with little or no play notably. Just the rubber had perished / split making the whole shaft loose.

I order my Viagra fix from Keith D in Germany this week. Excellent correspondence & guidance!

£82 later my Viagra arrived within 2.5days in sunny Scotland! Yesterday set about fitting it. Instructions super clear and easy to follow. Very easy job to do and repacked the bearing with grease while I was at it. 2hr test drive later and it runs very smoothly. No vibrations, knocking or squeaks. I can imagine this temporary repair lasting a very long time tbh.

Top Treg recommendation indeed! Worked perfectly for me...
Sounds an excellent solution to the problem.
 

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Glad to hear it all went well.

I can vouch for the fact it is as permanent a fix as a brand new prop shaft from VW.

I hope, once fitted, you left it nice and tidy by snipping off the excess on the zip ties!
 

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Glad to hear it all went well.

I can vouch for the fact it is as permanent a fix as a brand new prop shaft from VW.

I hope, once fitted, you left it nice and tidy by snipping off the excess on the zip ties!
Super tidy, took my time... probably the last repair (hopefully) before it's traded in.
 

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Has anyone got a link to where to buy this temp nae almost permanent viagra fix? My treg runs great no noise or vibrations ive not had any issues but its just had a service and it says that the "centre prop bearing is excessively worn".

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Has anyone got a link to where to buy this temp nae almost permanent viagra fix? My treg runs great no noise or vibrations ive not had any issues but its just had a service and it says that the "centre prop bearing is excessively worn".

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added in your other post, you only need to post once as we generally do not ignore people..
 

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Open the link in post #1 and the German guy's email address is at the bottom of the page.
 

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I think Viagra will do the trick for you.

Do put a bit of grease in the actual steel bearing when you get round to doing the job.
 
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