The center bearing absorbs vibrations from the cardan shaft, keeping it in its correct position by balancing out the differing angles between the engine, which is fixed, and the flexible rear axle. The bearing’s rubber component is particularly vulnerable and likely to become brittle and crack under excessive strain. The result: loss of precise cardan shaft guidance and support. Typically, the first symptoms of center bearing wear are increasing noise and vibration levels in the vehicle cabin.
In most cases where the center bearing failed, there used to be no choice other than to replace the complete cardan shaft assembly, but with new cardan shaft repair solutions from Meyle, there is a more efficient option.
Germany-based manufacturer Meyle has made new additions to its range of cardan shaft repair solutions for European vehicles, now featuring 15 full-service repair kits for the cardan shaft center bearing replacement. The smart-repair kits include all components required for time- and cost-efficient cardan shaft repair, enabling shops to change a faulty center bearing easily without having to replace the entire cardan shaft, as is the case with the OE equivalent. Compared to OE, the Meyle solution is a major cost saver and helps economize on resources. With its range of 15 cardan shaft repair kits, Meyle caters to vehicles including Audi, VW, Porsche and Mercedes Benz models.
The full-service kits come complete with all parts required for the center bearing replacement, including the bearing, clamp ring, rubber boot, mounting material and grease, enabling shops to repair a faulty center bearing easily without having to replace the complete cardan shaft, as is the case with the OE equivalent.
To ensure smooth and professional installation, the kit comes with step-by-step fitting instructions. In addition, there is a “MEYLE Mechanics” video tutorial guiding repair professionals through the entire replacement process.
- When replacing the center bearing, Meyle engineers recommend that the flex disc also be changed to rule out costly follow-up repairs.