CV joints & teeth (again)

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Well I've just got my 80 back, with

- new CV joints
- new front shocks (Old man EMU)
- and near disintegrating swivel bearings on the LHS replaced

And I've also got the tooth, definitely from a crown wheel of some sort, although thankfully not mine! Weird. I've just tried to run it through the scanner but it doesn't give a meaningful picture.

The good news is that it drives like a very different car with all the looseness and bumpiness from the front end gone. Also the shunt in the drive-train has gone from severe to minimal, so maybe the "80 series have a lot of slop" phenomenon is largely down to worn CV joints.

The bad news is the cost. For those contemplating doing the CV joint op here is the butcher's bill:

Knuckle seal kit 2 @ =A324.50 =3D =A349.00
Gasket: 2 @ =A30.93 =3D =A31.86
Seal: 1 @ =A39.60 =3D =A39.60 (Not sure what this is, may be to do with swivel bearings?)
CV joint: 2 @ =A399.00 =3D =A3198.00 (From Milners. Around =A3600 each from Toyota!)
Drive flange: 2 @ =A336.00 =3D =A372.00
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Total parts: =A3330.46 add VAT @ 17.5% =3D =A3388.29
Figure another =A35 or so for oil and grease.
Other costs (excluding VAT) not related to the CV joints:
Swivel bearings 4 @ =A315.35 =3D =A361.40
EMU shocks 2 @ =A367.00 =3D =A3134.00
Total labour was 10 hours at =A335/hour (excluding VAT), and this included the time to examine the diff for missing teeth!
Would I recommend them (Devon 4x4 at South Molton, Devon)? Yes I would: competent and, in my view, not excessively expensive. They only do 4x4s, mostly Land Rovers, but they seemed reasonably knowledgeable about the 80 series, and nothing dropped off on the journey home!
They also have good prices on tyres.
Christopher Bell
Devon, UK
1996 1HD-FT
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Hey Christopher
I think you got a goos deal.
Its nice to see that at some time somewhere someone gets a good deal with
their 80.
cheers
john 92HDJ 80 1HDT
 
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-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]]
On Behalf Of Christopher Bell
Sent: 08 September 2006 17:40
To: [Email address removed]
Subject: [ELCO] CV joints & teeth (again)
As there's only one and you said they checked the diff I'd guess it's
the diff housing gasket/seal.
Jon.
 
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Jon
| >Seal: 1 @ =A39.60 =3D =A39.60
| >(Not sure what this is, may be to do with swivel bearings?)
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| As there's only one and you said they checked the diff I'd
| guess it's the diff housing gasket/seal.
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| Jon.
Good point, I didn't think of that & the cost sounds about right. Thanks.
I hope the cost breakdown was helpful to people.
Having had it back for a week now I've discovered two further plus points:
- The fact that the new CV joints have resulted in far less slop in the transmission has helped the clutch judder enormously, almost to the point of eliminating it. I imagine that previously the transmission was acting like a huge rotational spring and magnifying the effect.
- I can now point it where I was to go on a winding country road! My near side swivel bearings were, apparently, near total failure but there were no overt symptoms (at least to my untutored senses).
OK, the new front shocks will have helped a bit, but I should think it was mainly slop in those bearings. It's one of those things that creeps up on you over a period of time, so if your steering seems a bit vague and/or the handling a bit wobbly that's something worth a check.
So, apart from the cost, I'm really pleased.
CB
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-----Original Message-----
From: [Email address removed] [mailto:[Email address removed]]
On Behalf Of Christopher Bell
Sent: 13 September 2006 09:03
If you get the wheel off the ground, grab it top and bottom and
push/pull same as for checking a wheel bearing, you'll feel play but if
you look to see where the play is occurring you'll see the hub moving on
the swivel.
Another give away is when you notice dirty water dribbles out the bottom
of the swivel housing because of lots of play[ing] ;-)
Best regards,
Jon.
 
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