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    Using my permit to do test drives etc I noticed a rythmic clunking noise on full right lock at low speeds. It's not loud but certainly noticeable.

    It's there on full left lock also but faint.

    OK! It's got to be the Citroen version of constant velocity joints, yes?

    My only experience with these is on BMC Mini's. On these, they only needed attention when the noise got to the "wake the dead" level.

    Could the Traction Cognoscenti please advise what the typical scenario is with the driveshafts? Is some noise tolerable or is it a portent of doom?

    Oh BTW, it's a Big 6

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    The prev owner advises the shaft assemblies were new and the car has not done many miles since the resto.
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    George, Are they the original Double Hookes joints with the spigot and ball pin or have they been changed to modern Rzeppa style CV joints?

    Drive shafts on 6s are notoriously short lived in their original form. I have the necessary pullers to separate the assembly, and the press to reassemble them.
    Cheers Gerry

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    Thanks, Gerry.

    I know Rzeppas and they don't look like them

    Let me take a picture and give you a look.

    George

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    Yes. They are the original Double Hookes joints. Check to see if the cups are turning in the yokes on each trunion. If they are the joint needs reconditioning. Trouble is it is nearly impossible to get the outer U joints. Even more difficult to get new ball and spigot joints. The eyes of the yoke will need to be shrunk and reamed true before fitting new joints. The ball pin can be selected from your stock of spares. There should be next to no slop between the ball and its cup. If this is loose the assembly will never run true and wear on the trunions of the cross will be greatly accelerated. If you can get the parts I can assemble them for you. They are identical to four cylinder cars shafts with the exception of the diameters of the ball pin stem and the spigot pin stem. All that Citroen did to absorb the extra torque was to add the large rubber cushioned 'Bibax' joint.
    Cheers Gerry

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    Thnx gerry! You have a PM
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