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Old 09-27-2010, 08:21 PM   #21
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I used a cordless impact. One of the best tools I have purchased.
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:19 AM   #22
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Got the driveshaft changed yesterday afternoon with only a few minor hangups.

The previous owner had a resonator put in right next to the driveshaft and it was really tight trying to get the old one out. I disconnected the exhaust near the front and was able to get it in there.

It made it easier to take the bracing out too. Only 8 bolts held it in. The bracing is made up of about 8 different pieces, but mazda welded them all together.

Didnt have any transmission fluid leak. I borrowed a cordless impact from work too, which made it easier.
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:23 AM   #23
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Did it fix your problem?
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Old 09-29-2010, 11:28 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by levnubhin View Post
Did it fix your problem?
Sure did. I could move the ujoints on the old shaft up and down and it was squeaking and felt pretty rough. Hopefully the "new" used shaft will last a few years, im not sure how old it was.

Mazda wanted $700 for a new driveshaft which is crazy. I have seen carbon fiber driveshafts for other cars that cost that much.
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Old 09-29-2010, 02:38 PM   #25
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There is a manufacturer online that will sell you a brand spanking new aftermarket driveshaft, balanced and with fully serviceable u-joints, for all of about $275
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