[200q20v] Drive shaft alignment?

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Wed Jan 2 13:14:03 EST 2002

Hi Les,

I've aligned drive shafts using a 5' straight edge and spacers of equal and
approperate thickness to clear the center bearing housing.  Only problem is
that on the 200 the dual exhausts and center muffler are in the way.  If you
can make these vanish, its a piece of cake.  The obvious objective is to
adjust center bearing such that the two shaft halves are on axis, no angular
or offset error, in both the horizontal and vertical plane.

> From: "Reid, Les C." <Les.Reid at Centrilift.com>
> Date: Wed, 2 Jan 2002 11:10:17 -0600
> To: "'200q20v at audifans.com'" <200q20v at audifans.com>
> Subject: [200q20v] Drive shaft alignment?
> Recently had a vibration in the drive shaft and a major oil leak at the
> flange seal.
> I replaced the final drive seal and bearing and re-lubed the front CV joint
> of the drive shaft.
> Now for re-installation, the Bentley says to have a special tool to hold the
> drive shaft straight.
> I did not have said tool and was running out of time so I put it back on
> with eyeball method. The vibration sound is gone. But when I have some time
> I would like to check the shaft alignment.
> Need an easy method to align drive shaft.
> String? 2x4? any BTDT?
> Thanks
> Les Reid
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