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Hmmm TS gearbox removal---Help!

Getting ready to take the gearbox out of my 156 ts.

I have her pretty much out but I'm a bit unsure about removing the Drivers side driveshaft. Passengers side is done..... 6 allen bolts out. (pictured in attachment)

E-learn says drivers side is the same...... but what about the connecting halfshaft (if thats what its called) that runs along the back of the engine. The halfshaft is not mentioned in the gearbox removal in Elearn. Does that come out with the box or does it remove.... and if so how?

Can someone tell me if the shaft will just pull out or do I need to unbolt anything. I have had a good poke around but I'm still unsure.
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Leave the drivers side connected but undo the bolts on the spider that holds the connecting shaft bearing to the back of the engine. This gives the shaft play. You can also pull the shaft almost out of the box now. You can now slide the box off the splines with out knackering the seal on the diff housing. Simples!
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When you say Spider, are you talking about the 6 hex bolts ame as the n/s.? (like the ones in my attachment... except drivers side.)
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Nope. Ok look at the box from underneath. follow the half shaft to the cambelt side of the engine. There will be a big bracket bolted to the back of the engine block which goes around the half shaft and has a bearing housed in it (the spider). There are 3 bolts (possibly with nuts on the back I can't remember) in it holding this bearing in place. If you undo these three the bearing should slide out away from the box. The shaft can then be pulled with the bearing just being left loose on the shaft. If you've taken the bottom ball joint off there is usually enough slack in the suspension turret to slide this all across and almost out of the box without disturbing the hub nut.

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Right. Think I know the bit you mean. On mine the shaft runs through a part on the back of the engine. It has a small plate bolted in place where the shaft passes. I'd imagine that retains the bearing.

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The flash has made it hard to see but am I looking at the bolt right in the middle of this image.

http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u.../Photo0594.jpg
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The flash has made it hard to see but am I looking at the bolt right in the middle of this image.

http://i634.photobucket.com/albums/u.../Photo0594.jpg
Yep thats the one joss means, looks like the CV boot is damaged?
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Thats the puppy. You can see one bolt in the pic. The other two are round the back and sligthly staggered rather than a perfect triangle. and yes your boot is damaged. I'd get that looked at while you have the box out prof. Guess you will have to pull the whole shaft after all. Still if you have it out and take it to a garage for them to do (I don't do Cv joints because i'm lazy) it very cheap as usually they charge loads to get the shaft out and you will have already done this.
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