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Driveshaft Connection to Rear Diff

Quick question. I was under the X looking for the source of some suspension noises and noticed the driveshaft doesn't appear to be seated fully in the rear diff. Can anyone else who's looked at more than one of these tell me if this looks normal? This is on a 2014 4wd

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Ok, great. One less thing to worry about. Thanks for the replies!
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Doesn't mean it's not the source of noise though. The CV joint on my drive shaft went out a few years ago and you can't service that part; you have to buy a whole new shaft from Nissan. For $20 less than a new shaft, I had a local driveshaft shop cut the end off mine, lengthen it, and put in a serviceable U-joint.

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Doesn't mean it's not the source of noise though. The CV joint on my drive shaft went out a few years ago and you can't service that part; you have to buy a whole new shaft from Nissan. For $20 less than a new shaft, I had a local driveshaft shop cut the end off mine, lengthen it, and put in a serviceable U-joint.
It is indeed serviceable. I replaced mine last summer.

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That kit might not have been available at the time, this was quite a while ago and I looked for a way to service that CV joint. My joint looked a little different though, it had a rubber boot over the whole thing that would have needed to be cut off.

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It is indeed serviceable. I replaced mine last summer.

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It is indeed serviceable. I replaced mine last summer.

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Since you have an "S" model I assume the same joint works for both C200 and M226? The Dorman part makes no distinction - just "auto trans".

I replaced my driveshaft with a low mileage used one a couple years back - been meaning to rebuild the old one before the current one wears out.
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