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Finally got round to changing my offside front driveshaft.
An easy job, as i've done this before should take mmmmmmm 20 minutes..............erm no.
Driveshaft nut undone ..easy
Wheel off.. easy
Remove the lower ball joint spit pin and nut..easy.
Take my trusty ball joint splitter a separate the ball joint...oooo it's a bit tight, screw down more,.....more.........more it'll break in a minute......more then clang it splits, jesus that was tight in there.
Undo all other nuts and bolts.....easy
Remove the driveshaft and put the other one in.....easy
Re-bolt up everything....easy
Put the nut back on the bottom ball joint........erm no. Try again....erm no . Wassup here then? The bottom ball joint thread had squashed a little at the split pin holes as it was so tight.........great. In over 35 years of removing ball joints i've never had this.
Finally found a place that sells a M12x1.25 tap and dye set. That took an hour.
Easy to re-thread....erm no. Lever up the arm on my spare jack so it's tight. Still moves a bit so 1 mill at a time back and forth all the way to the joint...30minutes. Then bingo the nut goes back on.
Put all the rest back on in 5 minutes and it's finished.
I've put it down to one of those days.
 

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I know it's not much use to you now lol, but I usually just loosen the nut a couple of turns then use the seperator, the nut protects the thread then.
 

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dont they all, lol.
Everytime i attempt a 30 minute job on the car it takes 6 hours.
 
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