Drive shaft centre bearing replacement
Vehicle : Scorpio 2L 16v Auto
Cures vibration under acceleration/cruising
Upon removal, the bearing was found to be very badly worn and moved from side to
side several mm. It is believed that this caused the propshaft to vibrate at
resonance speeds which was felt through the car body rather than through the
steering wheel which would have indicated worn steering or suspension.
The centre bearing and rubber housing/bracket are sold separately. Ford would
only order the bearing for me, saying that they could not return the rubber
housing if it was not required. There is no way to tell if the rubber has
perished until you get it all apart. You’ll have to decide for yourself.
The bearing alone was £10.75. Finis no. 1613022.
The rubber housing and bracket was around £53 and I did not replace this.
21 Nm for the 6 bolts securing the central bracket and bearing.
49 Nm for the 2 bolts securing the transverse brace.
66 Nm for the 4 driveshaft bolts.
Wheel ramps/axle stands
Suitable bearing press tool (see below large 30mm socket used for this purpose)
13mm socket and wrench
15mm socket and wrench