So there we go.
1st knuckle scraping job I've tried (with the exception of the rear bumper) on this machine. All didn't go well.
One side was a complete 'steward to get the suspension strut back up into the mountings. The other, afraid I was going to round the nut, I had to saw off the old wishbone just above the strut and that, I think, is where my problems started. (Why, oh why don't they give you a new nut with the wishbone......... Hmmmm.)
Anyway, after sawing off the wishbone had to try and get the nut off. So started drilling from above, putting a lot of downward pressure on the unconnected strut. Once it was 2/3 the way through, stopped and persuaded it with a peltie and out it popped.
Fantastic, I thought. New one in and thought job was a good un.
Ahhh, if only it was so. Everything back on, off the stands and try to reverse. No drive and grinding sound from that side. Much annoyed. went and had a beer as I knew this was going to be an expensive job to fix and the sun actually came out on this Easter Weekend.
Anyway, after stripping everything off again and removing the boot, found that the CV internals were at 90 degrees to the holding cup and the bearings pinging around all over the place. Looks like the downward pressures from the drilling and pelti had popped the drive shaft. CV internals are stuck solid.
So what to do now?
Read that the hub nut needs a 10 ton weight on it to remove and as I don't even have a socket to fit it's begining to look like it's beyond my capabilities (time, equipment and 10 ton weight)
Anybody else had this unfortunate experience and how did they resolve?
If you chase the answer, it moves away.