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Fwd: TQ rumble
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> DGenetti@aol.com writes:
> In your reply to the message below you wrote about a greese nipple on the
> universal joint of a quattro propeller shaft. On my 4000 CSQ this nipple
> look impossible to get to the way it is assembled. It looks as if the angle
> of the nipple would line up with the gap between the two shaft halfs if the
> joint was rotated 90 degrees. Have you seen this before? Can the nipple be
> rotated? Can you make your own shaft alignment tool? This joint is a pricey
> part and I wouldn't want to let it die early because I couldn't greese it. I
> got the car used so there is no telling what may have been done to it in the
Greasing the propellor shaft nipple is _NOT_ listed in the service
instructions. However, in the discussion of removing and replacing the shaft,
there _IS_ an instruction that the nipple should be greased every 30,000km.
I have a feeling that very few dealerships know this. Most of the quattros I
look at are as dry as a Kookaburra's Khyber. Perhaps I'm lucky in that the
grease nipple on my universal joint is perfectly lined up to take a simple ex-
Army push-type grease gun.
Regarding alignment tools - I think you just need something as straight as
possible. Four supports, two for each stub. I know BR Motorsport have the
Audi tool, but I've never seen one anywhere else. I suspect that care in
removal (scribing the ends, saving the shims) is the key - and that someone has
simply lost one of your shims.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club