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You may be lucky! There's a recall for Puma's wher ethe grease nipple is not fitted from the factory on the prop shaft:


Defender Front and Rear Propshaft Grease Points

Models : LD - Defender

Title: Defender Front and Rear Propshaft Grease Points

Last Modified: 30-MAR-2009 08:27

Category: Noise/ Vibration

Symptom: 703000 Vibration Concerns

Content Issue: Loose or missing front / rear propshaft grease nipples for Defender 07 MYonward vehicles.

Action: If any propshafts are identified where the grease nipples are missing, then the propshaft should be replaced. Any cases where the grease nipples are in place but loose should be torqued to 8Nm + 45degrees.

Other than that, you can re-build the shaft with upgraded bearings, or buy a complete (improved) new assembly and pop it on.

For rebuild see here (it's a Disco, but they're pretty much the same): http://www.discovery2.co.uk/propshafts.html

For new/improved aftermarket see here: http://www.gwynlewis4x4.co.uk/page36.html

Repair or replacement is not as bad as it sounds. You are also supposed to replace the propshaft nuts/bolts (4 each end). I got mine for £2.99 off ebay. If I were you, and was planning to keep the vehicle long-term, I would probably buy a whole heavy duty shaft, and grease it twice a year, knowing it should be fine for the rest of the vehicles life (it will only take a couple of hours to replace.

Nuts & Bolts here http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Defender-90-110-Prop-Shaft-Nuts-And-Bolts-/300524860177?pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item45f8ad7311

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