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98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

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98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 24 May 2009, 17:16

This isn't a new topic, but I couldn't find the thread...

I need to replace the drive shaft (bad center bearing) and I need to know if it's safe to drive without the shaft assembly in place, and, if need to cap the mounting points front and rear.

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby holler1 » 24 May 2009, 19:17

From reading this and other forums, lots of people are running former AWD cars w/o the driveshaft. The actual driveshaft unbolts from the angle gear and the viscous coupling at two flexible couplings. Here is a picture of mine at the rear. The front coupling is identical. I have also heard that it's important to mark which bolts are which so they can be put back in the same place for balance. I haven't read anything about the need to cap the shafts after removing the driveshaft. I have never had mine out but did replace the front flex coupling. I'm not familiar with what is needed to replace the center bearing. It might be possible to fix the bearing w/o a complete new shaft.

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 24 May 2009, 20:12

very helpful... Thanks, and I've been reading a little about rebuild kits for the center bearing. I'll let you know...

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 26 May 2009, 00:24

Got it apart, kind of. How do I remove the drive shaft from the rear? I removed the "flange" only to expose a bearing that the shaft won't come out of. The front is on the ground, out no prob.

Ideas?

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby holler1 » 26 May 2009, 01:09

Here is a file on the AWD that has a small section on the prop shaft removal.
volvo v70 EARLY AWD FINAL DRIVE REPLACE.pdf
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 26 May 2009, 01:55

You saved my bacon. I was thinking about it too much. All it needed was a solid rap with a ball-peen hammer to separate the end of the drive shaft (which houses a really cool omni-directional bearing assembly) from the housing.

Nice! Thanks, I can hit the sack now.

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby holler1 » 26 May 2009, 02:03

Yes, that roller-ball-bearing thing is cool. I remember taking the front one apart- 3 years or so ago. I couldn't find any pictures of it.
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 26 May 2009, 19:51

To wrap this topic up:

Jack stands required, this isn't worth killing yourself over.

1. Remove two bolts from center exhaust hanger that hold the center bearing support in place. You may have to loosen (or remove) the support itself from the body, four bolts.

2. Remove six 6mm allen-head cap screws from the front and rear "flanges" of the drive shaft.

3. Sharp raps on the rear flange (the rusty part in the image previous to this post) until the rear of the shaft falls free.

4. Remove shaft to the rear of the vehicle.

That exhaust hanger / bearing support may give you trouble at this point, it's no big deal to remove it or at least unbolt it and let it hang on the exhaust pipe while you extract the shaft.

The car handles and runs fine without the drive shaft, but in Maine it makes sense to get a replacement before the snow flies.

Thanks, holler1, I appreciate your help.

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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby holler1 » 27 May 2009, 02:30

Welcome, and thanks for documenting the removal info.
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby terrencekeenan » 03 Jun 2009, 19:46

How did you determine it was a bad drive shaft bearing.
It looks like these guys were torn over that or a wheel bearing issue:
http://www.s14.net/forums/showthread.php?t=20326
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 03 Jun 2009, 20:03

It started as a rumble that appeared to come from the front end from a strut or cv joint during cornering. A local garage told me it was the ball joints. $700 later, no fix. I procrastinated for a long time, then had some brake work done. For some reason, a squeak (like a wheel bearing) started and someone said it sounded like it was coming from the center of the vehicle. I thought the two were unrelated until the rubber membrane completely let go and the shaft began thumping around at the joint. It wasn't obvious until that point. After I took the shaft assembly out, no rumble, problem solved. ...until I have to buy a shaft.
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby stratey » 08 Aug 2009, 23:12

Well....

Thanks to everyone here, I just finished taking the drive shaft off of my 98 XC70 (157,000 miles).

description of problem - I had a rumble in reverse and when starting off and turning at slow speeds.

It took me about three hours to complete. I believe the time was longer for me as I didn't work with a lift. I worked on four ramps in my driveway. The 6th drive shaft bolt in the front was a bear to get off (probably an hour alone), but I finally got it off with about four extensions on my ratchet!!! Since the shaft is out, NO MORE NOISE!!! I plan on leaving it out and keeping it a front wheel drive car. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the hardest, I'll give it a 6.

Couple hints -

- keep the center bearing loose but secure (2 bolts). This will stop the shaft from falling on you, and give you some play to get your ratchet in to loosen the bolts

- remove the front first. Couple raps on the flange, after the bolts are removed, makes it easy to get off

- the two bolts on the center of the plate that holds the center bearing in place should be removed after you take off the front and back ends of the shaft. The shaft will come out pretty easy after that.

- oh, and I didn't have to remove the viscous coupling ( i think that's what it's called) on the back end of the shaft (sounds are gone). Seems like that might be a bit tough to get to...expecially the bolts at the top of the sleeve. Does anyone know if I'm causing problems leaving it on without the shaft??

- Do I plan on putting a shaft back on? Heck no!!!


Other jobs I've done on the XC70,

- top engine mount - a bit of a job getting it in - about a 4
- engine mount (right side passenger side) about a 4
- front strut mount - about a 4
- various electrical items - ect sensor, etc. - easy
- maintenance - brakes, etc - easy

Quirky car...

Looks like you have to like to work on cars to own a volvo, unless you have alot of cash...so far, the jobs haven't been too bad. I'll post back to let you know how it's performing as a FWD car. So far, the handling is just about the same...power about the same too.

Thanks for helping me with this job, guys. You have no idea how much money I've saved checking in here.


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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby stratey » 02 Jan 2010, 14:14

Update January 1 (5 months later):

Hello and Happy New Year. I'm happy to report that there have been no adverse reaction to nme removing the driveshaft. Living in the Northeat US, I was afraid that the car wouldn't handle very well in the snow, but it was fine. Replacing the drive shaft was out of the question becasue of the cost and the book value of the car. It was a bit of a pain to remove in my driveway (I'm not a mechanic), but I"m glad I was able to do it in about 3-4 hours. The biggest pain for me was, since I was working off of jack stands and ramps, I had to spin the tires to get to the bolts which were at the top of the rear differential. I also had to use a couple extenders on my ratchet to get to the front of the shaft where it attached to the transmission. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the hardest), I give this a 7. It was made harder because it wasn;t up on a lift. If it was on a lift, probably a 4.
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> One word of caution. Make sure you're out of the way when the shaft drops. It's heavy and can cause some damage if it hits you
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Re: 98 v70 xc drive shaft removal

Postby johngrant67 » 05 Jan 2010, 02:13

I agree with your assessment of the job. I was lucky to have a concrete floor to work on.
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