CLIP CURE

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Project Mercedes-benz E320 Cdi -

u Just fol­low­ing up my let­ter to Steve Roth­well re­gard­ing my 1969 Honda N360 (‘Trans­mis­sion trou­bles’,

Help!, July 2017). Af­ter a lot of fid­dling about, it be­came ob­vi­ous that drive was only be­ing lost af­ter go­ing into left-hand lock. This set me think­ing, so me and a friend re­moved the near­side drive­shaft and there was the prob­lem: the splined end of the drive­shaft is held onto the flange, which is bolted up to the diff, by a cir­clip which had be­come de­tached, al­low­ing the drive­shaft to slide out of mesh with the diff. A re­place­ment cir­clip snapped se­curely into its groove on the drive­shaft re­solved the is­sue.

Drive has been re­stored to the road wheels, no mat­ter the po­si­tion of the steer­ing. As the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion ob­serve: di­ag­no­sis is of­ten far more dif­fi­cult than cure! Dave Daniels

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