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 Post subject: Snapped drive shaft
PostPosted: Fri Jul 24, 2020 7:48 pm 
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As I pulled out of a road end, 1st gear, on Tuesday evening there was a loud clunk and I lost all forward drive. I managed to roll onto the curb as it was a busy narrow section of main road. When stationary, I checked gears forward and reverse and there was no drive. The engine was running as normal. I got out and looked under the front to find that the offside drive shaft had snapped. Not a broken cv joint, but in the middle of the 30mm steel shaft. To buy the nearside shaft it is about £50 and my broken offside was £150 +, typical. Anyway, I found a breaker selling one for £70 delivered. A garage friend said it was quite common on Nissans, I've not heard of it being a common occurance. A question I am stuck on is, when this happened I selected 4 wheel drive expecting it to drive the rear wheels as if the fronts were slipping on snow/mud and get me home, but nothing happened, still no drive. Is my 4wd not working?


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 Post subject: Re: Snapped drive shaft
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:37 am 
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From what I remember and studyng the service manual, The transferbox should have drive because it is driven by the differential cage/case not from driveshatf. Another way to confirm that is to have a second person to look under the car. If the propshaft turning or not. Like I sayd, On paper it should turn.

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