Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 18:51:07 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Changing Transmission Drivers on 86 900 T?

charles stoyer wrote: > I have decided to fix my 86 900 T 16V w/5-speed with bad drivers. Mile Hi > Auto Body wanted $1,100 to fix it, but I have found used parts for $125 > (incl shipping) and a mechanic to help me if I need it. I have taken apart > several 95's, 96's and 97's, I have worked extensively on these cars, but > have never worked on the drive train on the 900's. > > If I fix it, at least I can sell it and get some money out of it. Or drive > it another couple of years or until I find a suitable 9000. > > Question is, can I just disconnect the lower ball joint and swing the wheel > out far enough to replace the driver on the transmission and the 3-way > bearing on the end of the axle or do I have to dismantle the entire wheel, > taking off the brake caliper, rotor, etc. as the Bentley Manual suggests? You'll need to unload the suspension, by jacking up the lower A frame (wishbone), and placing a spacer between the upper A frame and the inner wheel arch (this may not make sense, but look at it and see where you'd put a spacer if you wanted to keep the spring compressed while the wheel is off the ground). Once you've done that, this is my suggested method: Remove the caliper, but nothing else. Undo the top and bottom ball joints, and the steering rack tie rod. You can now pull out the whole hub/driveshaft assembly. -- Grunff

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