Peugeot 405 Manual

Driveshaft gaiter check (12000 Mile (20 000 km) / 12 Month Service)
Routine maintenance and servicing / Driveshaft gaiter check (12000 Mile (20 000 km) / 12 Month Service)


Note: On models from 1994, the maker’s specified interval for this procedure is 9000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months.

With the vehicle raised and securely supported on stands, turn the steering onto full lock, then slowly rotate the roadwheel.

Inspect the condition of the outer constant velocity (CV) joint rubber gaiters, while squeezing the gaiters to open out the folds (see illustration).

13.1 Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters (arrowed)
13.1 Check the condition of the driveshaft gaiters (arrowed)

Check for signs of cracking, splits, or deterioration of the rubber, which may allow the grease to escape, and lead to water and grit entry into the joint. Also check the security and condition of the retaining clips. Repeat these checks on the inner CV joints. If any damage or deterioration is found, the gaiters should be renewed without delay as described in Chapter 8.

At the same time, check the general condition of the CV joints themselves, by first holding the driveshaft and attempting to rotate the wheel. Repeat this check by holding the inner joint and attempting to rotate the driveshaft. Any obvious movement indicates wear in the joints, wear in the driveshaft splines, or a loose driveshaft retaining nut.


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