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Steering wheel shaking under load

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Looking for some advice. Had a knocking noise and shaking wheel, could feel some play in the driveshafts so replaced both driveshafts. When I changed the shafts out there was barely any oil in the gearbox due to a failed driveshaft seal...

Now that I've replaced them both I'm still getting shaking (particularly bad under load in 3rd gear) and when I'm taking corners at speed there's sometimes a grinding kind of noise. Only seems to do the grinding noise on some corners and only at speed but it doesn't sound good.

Wondering what on earth could be up with it as I'm stumped. Thinking if there was barely any oil in the gearbox then its probably been running pretty dry so potentially knackered the gearbox?

Don't want to just start throwing money at random parts as it's getting more and more expensive but hoping someone here has experienced similar and can point me in the right direction?

Worth mentioning that I did have a sticking brake caliper which I believed to be causing the grinding. Have since sorted that and got all new discs but the main worry here is the vibration as its quite intense at low speeds and particularly on acceleration. Cheers
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Funny you say that I've just read that post about 30 mins ago 馃槄 well remembered! I'll be swapping the driveshafts back to the ford ones tomorrow and see how they fare. If it stops the leak and the shaking then it'll be new shafts time - from ford this time round.
My OE drivshafts lasted for about 127k miles. They were knocking a bit for ages without the noise getting any worse or more frequent. Eventually replaced them with Ford refurbs and they only lasted about 18 months before the knocking was back. I think it is in the splines rather than the CV joint, but no oil leaks.
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My OE drivshafts lasted for about 127k miles. They were knocking a bit for ages without the noise getting any worse or more frequent. Eventually replaced them with Ford refurbs and they only lasted about 18 months before the knocking was back. I think it is in the splines rather than the CV joint, but no oil leaks.
It's a shame because that's a hell of a short time for something so expensive! Would make sense if it was the splines wearing though as I had a bit of play in my joints but nothing excessive..
There is that Aussie guy doing a shaft refurb on yootoob
My OE drivshafts lasted for about 127k miles. They were knocking a bit for ages without the noise getting any worse or more frequent. Eventually replaced them with Ford refurbs and they only lasted about 18 months before the knocking was back. I think it is in the splines rather than the CV joint, but no oil leaks.
Changed the driver side driveshaft back to the Ford one today and the shaking is nearly gone.. so it's definitely jr driveshafts being ****e. Will get the other one back to the Ford one when I get a chance and then will buy a set of Ford recons when I get the money. Thanks for the help everyone!

There is that Aussie guy doing a shaft refurb on yootoob
Great, will check it out, thanks!

There is that Aussie guy doing a shaft refurb on yootoob
I'll have a look for that, thanks!
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I will comment here because I have just had the same issue. Juddering under load. Replaced drive shaft and CV boot etc etc. Guess what it was? The valeters cleaned the engine bay and caused a misfire in Pot 5. That was the juddering! Check your plugs.
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I will comment here because I have just had the same issue. Juddering under load. Replaced drive shaft and CV boot etc etc. Guess what it was? The valeters cleaned the engine bay and caused a misfire in Pot 5. That was the juddering! Check your plugs.
Cheers mate, no misfire as it stands so pretty certain it's the cheap shafts. Will keep an eye out for it though cheers
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