Originally Posted by zsnemeth
Fully assembled drive shaft is 60$ on ebay, the easiest, cheapest and fastest to get a pair and change it on both side at the same time. Only 12bolts/side.
Started out pulling the left side axle to see if I could regrease it and put it back. Tranny side was more watery/oily than greasy. Wife was sick so didn't have much time to recondition it so I ordered a new one.
Tried to fit the new one in and bearings started falling out. I tried to work them back in, but not knowing what I was doing, no dice. Apparently the new one has much looser fittings and wasn't packed well enough so on one side the bearing cage had worked itself above the inner part so everything was just ready to fall out.
I decided to take apart the old one to figure out how things were supposed to fit together. Learned enough about the basic workings but didn't manage to actually get it all back in. Will clean it up and try more someday...
Got the new one reassembled, was probably good it fell apart since there wasn't much grease in there to begin with. Got it installed and the sound with the wheels up was different but not gone.
Being an EV with an old body eliminating one noise just reveals another, so no more noise from the tranny side CV, but the wheel bearing sounds bad.
Actually driving the sound doesn't seem nearly as bad as before, but not sure if that's from replacing the axle or just from being in an ICE too long or because I pulled the spare so the weight is somewhat lighter (the last time I had driven it I was loaded down with groceries and it made the noises extra terrible).
So I'll pull the wheel bearing this weekend and see if it just wants grease or needs replacing also.