2002 E46 330D 185k. Propshaft, have Halfords damaged it???

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  1. 2002 E46 330D 185k. Propshaft, have Halfords damaged it??? 
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    Hi, new to this forum today, hope someone can help me decide how to approach my predicament.

    I noticed a rattling sound that seemed to be coming from under the car, prop-shaft area, it got progressively worse over the space of a week and my wife took the car to Halfords for them to diagnose the origin of the sound. They came back with prop-shaft centre mount and front donut. After looking online this seemed to make sense, I priced the parts at GSF at about £90 but after looking on Youtube decided I had neither the time nor inclination to attempt removing exhaust and all the rest with no car lift or ramps. Halfords did the job, costing me £285.

    A couple of days later I noticed a clunk just after the clutch had reached biting point, this clunk happens now on every gear change and there is an oil/grease stain on the drive about below where the diff is.

    I then returned the car to Halfords, they put it on a lift and showed me some extensive damage to where the prop-shaft goes to the diff. With a concerned looking expression on his face the manager told me they had not realised the extent of the damage while working on the shaft and priced me £500 for the rear section from BMW. The manager said I shouldn't pay that and I should go looking around scrap yards for this part!

    Is this damage due to poor re-fitment of the prop shaft? It cant have looked like this when it was fitted can it, please help
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    Does no one have any kind of advice?
     
     

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    hmmmmm could be their fault or it may not itsa 50/50 question, it looks like diff bearing and seal has collapsed ide get good second hand parts and get a decent garage to do it i wouldnt get halford to do it...

    it aint that big a job for a garage i dont think the propshaft will be goosed but ide take it another garage and get a second opinion first...


    plenty of second hand parts around at good prices.

    if ya need a second hand diff post up and we can find the correct ratio for ya...
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    330i sport a big chunk of berlin...

     
     

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    That looks like broken CV-joint (Nr.14), which shouldn't cost anywhere near £500. It's impossible to see the exact damage before removing the heat shield. That leaking grease is most likely just from the CV joint, not the rear diff, though like said needs further investigation. If the cause is a broken rubber boot it could be connected to prior repair. If the casing of the joint is cracked it's most likely caused by initial internal failure.
     
     

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    Please dont take your car back to Halfords. They are bloody useless.

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    You may find this useful. I found a really good garage through this site but be warned, another nearby garage on the register was charging near main dealer rates.
     
     

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