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Old 5th September 2010   #1
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So my plan for this weekend was new front discs, pads & a new passenger-side driveshaft as my current shaft's outer CV is split.

After fighting with the torx disc retention screw on the passenger-side brake disc, got the discs and pads done yesterday evening/this morning (see post on 'wheels' forum ref caliper bolts).

I have spent a small fortune on new driveshaft, gear pullers, ball joint separators, impact drivers, etc (have not done much previous maintenance so have not previously needed these tools).

And now I just CANNOT shift the driveshaft retention bolt! I haven't got a very big hammer, but using my impact drive with my biggest hammer is rotating the impact driver round, but not moving the socket at all! The Haynes manual makes no mention of a left-hand thread or anything, so I'm assuming anti-clockwise is the right direction to turn to remove the nut.

Is this a common issue, or have any experienced folk got any ideas? I expected it to be tight, but not this tight!

I'm giving it up as a bad job for this weekend, my car is still in one piece but I don't need it this week anyway.

Also, those of you who have done this yourselves, do you all re-tighten the (new) nut to the Haynes-recommended torque of 280Nm? That is a LOT (although I do appreciate the significance of keeping this joint secure!).
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Re: Clio 2 Driveshaft replacement

You'll need a knuckle bar at least 600mm long to undo the big nut - even then I have seen them break. Sometimes a piece of scaffolding tube to extend its length may work. Yes they are eff*** tight. Also the nut should be renewed each time - it is a once only fitting.
It may we worth paying a garage or tyre depot who have access to a good heavy duty impact driver to undo the nut and re-tigtnen to a lesser torque but you would be advised to drive slowly and carefully until full repairs have been carried out.
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Re: Clio 2 Driveshaft replacement

Thanks,

due to my lack of heavy-duty maintenance experience, all I have is a piddly 1/2" drive foot-long or so breaker bar.

Thought a manual impact driver would be enough to loosen it, but obviously not with my upper-body strength!
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Re: Clio 2 Driveshaft replacement

Sorry for hi-jacking your thread, but it seems your question is semi answered so thought you might not mind?

My clio 1.5 dci 65bhp has im sure buggered cv joints, both sides. Theres a knocking when accelerating round corners (doesnt happen if i just kinda roll round the corner though?)
Now on this clio can you replace JUST the CV joints or is it the whole driveshaft? if so if I were to buy the drive shaft off say eurocarparts will that have everything I need including the cv joint etc? just a case of "plug and play"

Advice will be highly appreciated.

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