156 2.4 20v Drive shaft
I rather foolishly let a local garage change the top n/s balljoint following an MOT failure because I was in a hurry as I was about to go on holiday and the wife wanted to take the car to visit her mother as soon as we got back.
When I got to drive the car again a month and a few hundred miles later there was a noticeable wobble under acceleration. This quickly got worse so I had a grovel underneath, and found the driveshaft had play in it, and also the inner boot was split. As this would also have been an MOT failure I assume the garage did it while changing the balljoint, but sadly its a bit late in the day to go back to them and complain.
Having removed the driveshaft, the play in it now seems to have vanished...
So, the question is does the boot play any role in stabilizing the shaft? Or is it simply that a few hundred miles is enough to knacker the UJ but I'd only notice it off the car if I manage to get the shaft in the equivilent of the straight ahead position? I'd just replace the boot if I could but I don't really want to have to remove the damm drive shaft again if I'm being stupidly optimistic.