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Luxor 03-23-14 03:33 PM

HOW TO: Replace center support bearing and remove driveshaft.
 
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I thought I'd share my experience replacing my center support bearing and hopefully this will serve as a general guide on what to expect when doing so. This is a condensed version so I may have missed a few steps, feel free to add any information I may have missed.

This was done on a 1998 SC300.

These four things will make this job easier:
1. A lift
2. A vice
3. An impact gun
4. A helper (for removing exhaust)

It is important to mark the driveshaft so everything is re-installed the same way it was removed. This will prevent the driveshaft from getting unbalanced.

Luxor 03-23-14 03:34 PM

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Luxor 04-20-14 10:38 PM

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I had to take off the drive shaft again since new bearing was a defect. It made a whirring noise in 1st gear.

Good news is that I didn't have to take off my exhaust system to remove it. I found out that I was able to slip the drive shaft through the Y-pipe in the rear section of the exhaust. This might apply to your set up if you have a similar exhaust as mine.

KahnBB6 04-21-14 12:56 AM

Thank you very much for this! I recently picked up a new center support bearing for the future and I was going to look for an existing DIY. The pictures and detail help greatly!

Luxor 04-21-14 07:23 PM

:thumbup: Awesome, you're welcome, follow up with any tips or whatever you'd like to add. I heard some bearings have snap rings on them, but mine didn't.

LEXOWINO 10-17-15 09:28 AM

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Are these the culprits that vibrate and make clunking noise when they become worn?.

LEXOWINO 10-22-15 10:32 PM

I don't think my shaft needs to be balanced or that I need a flex coupler but thanks for this post!! Can you say what part number you used for the driveshaft center bearing!?

Luxor 11-12-15 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by LEXOWINO (Post 9226245)
I don't think my shaft needs to be balanced or that I need a flex coupler but thanks for this post!! Can you say what part number you used for the driveshaft center bearing!?

I used a SKF HB171010 center bearing. I am not sure if I would recommend this brand because my bearing to this day makes a whirring noise in 1st gear. I should have gone OEM on this one...

Luxor 11-12-15 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by LEXOWINO (Post 9219808)
Are these the culprits that vibrate and make clunking noise when they become worn?.

I am not sure about clunking, but vibrating yes.

LEXOWINO 12-25-15 06:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Luxor (Post 9251465)
I used a SKF HB171010 center bearing. I am not sure if I would recommend this brand because my bearing to this day makes a whirring noise in 1st gear. I should have gone OEM on this one...

Wish I'd read this earlier now I'm stuck with a bearing that could be faulty but I will still install it I have not done it yet and I hope it fixes the issue with the noise it makes it kind of sounds like it's banging at certain rpms and it vibrates when I Drive

jbtvt 05-10-17 04:55 AM

Nice writeup. Seems like you were having a vibration issue even though the rubber appears intact. I'm getting driveline vibration and am questioning my support as well, but haven't found any videos showing how much play is considered acceptable. If you get a chance can you check the one I posted at https://www.clublexus.com/forums/gs-...ml#post9862961 and tell me what you think? How did you diagnose your center support as the problem, did the bearing squeal at all on yours? Mine is silent.

LoudonMan 05-11-17 07:32 PM

Thank you very much!! Bravo Zulu!

I hve been putting this off, but now that I have a sense on what is involved I will be working on this in the next few days.


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