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I have a nissan xtrail 2004 model and have just had a front right wheel bearing replaced, now i'm told by the mechanic he wasn't able to remove the bearing so instead he had to replace the drive shaft, is this a common thing to occur or have i been ripped off all up it cost me $400 AUD he did say he tried a hydraulic press and applied heat aswell still wouldnt budge. Now it seems the left one is gone aswell should i seek a second opinion look forward to a response.

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It doesn't seem like it should have been all that bad with a 2004.Please tell me a couple things though.Are you in an extreme weather environment?Fairly hot summer,fairly cold winter,cars rusty within 5 years?Did he call it a drive shaft?If it is front wheel drive,it is more likely a CV axle,however,I am not familiar with the setup of 4 wheel drive vehicles.There may be different interpretations between the 2 countries but to me,a drive shaft connects the transmission to the rear axle.The axle is what the rear tires of a front wheel drive are held together by.A CV axle is what goes from the transmission to each of the front two tires,each tire having one CV axle and joint.I would get a second opinion.Good luck mate!

Posted on Aug 05, 2010

  • Greg McCarthy Aug 05, 2010

    After I turned off the computer I got to thinking about this.The more I thought,the more I realized that this guy was either full of it or isn't very good.You could probably pick either or both and would be right.First of all,about the only thing a hydraulic press couldn't separate would be a weld.And it may even break that.Even if the bearing was rusted in place,the press could easily separate it.That press would easily take out the bearing.Hydraulics can move very large flight surfaces with an airflow resistance of 150mph or more.Heating a bearing which is contained INSIDE a housing will not likely work.Heat causes expansion and will only make it worse,unless he was trying to melt it out.Get a second opinion and when you go there,ask them about what you just posted.Good luck mate!



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