Alfa Romeo 156 drive shaft problem
I'm the happy owner of an Alfa Romeo 156 2.4 JTD 1999 from 2 months.
Yesterday I replaced the upper/lower wishbone on the right side, following the instructions from some websites.
During this process the drive shaft came out from the gear box, which wasn't planned.
Q1. Is this normal? It doesn't have any pin which secures it to the gear box?
After reassembling the wishbones I raised the lower wishbone (and the drive shaft)
parallel to the ground, trying to push the drive shaft back, noting that there is no coupling.
The drive shaft gave me the impression that it was shortened, and I couldn't push enough to the gearbox to make the coupling.
I read on the Internet that there are 8 screws which need to be loosened on the gear box,
but a friend told me that the horizontal position for lower wishbone (and the drive shaft) is
unnatural, so I lowered the lower wishbone/shaft to minimum position and I heard a rattle and my impression was that the coupling was done. I tried to rotate the brake disk and I saw that there is a coupling between it and the gear box.
However when I assembled the wheel back and I tried to run with the car, it didn't moved and I heard a rattle from the right wheel, so it was no coupling.
Q2. What do you recommend? How to place back the drive shaft?