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Old 08-01-2014, 07:27 PM
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240D differential pinion shaft output angle

Does anyone know the pinion shaft output angle on a 240D relative to a level ground? Measurement conditions with new sub-frame bushings, diff. mount, springs, shocks, etc. Attached is a photo of what I'm looking for.

This photo is not with the axle assembly connected. It is just for reference. In this photo, there is approx. a 2.5 degree upward tilt.


240D differential pinion shaft output angle-diff_output_shaft_angle.jpg

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Old 08-02-2014, 02:41 AM
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Once you have the differential attached to the subframe and those parts fitted to the car - and the car / chassis is level and the car / chassis is aligned on a large flat surface...

...then in principle the relative height of the pulley on the front of the crankshaft should be the same as the relative height of the transmission / gearbox output shaft which should be the same as the relative height of the propshaft centre bearing which should be the same as the relative height of the pinion shaft on the differential.

So the answer to your question is zero degrees parallel to the horizontal.

This information, however, is not necessary information for the tightening of trailing arm bolts! Go back to "that other thread" =>

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Old 08-11-2014, 02:31 AM
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With the vehicle on its wheels and on a level ground, I measure the drive shaft to be 4 degrees, pinion pointed up. I did not measure the actual pinion output shaft in this case, but instead measured the drive shaft itself in close proximity to the differential.

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