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Is it possible to replace just the bearing in the intermediate shaft. I was doing some work on my LS MX6 2.5 L V6 MTX and I noticed some roughness in the bearing when it is rotated. Normally you replace the whole unit but those intermediate shafts are getting hard to find. It is on the passenger side of the car and it includes a bracket that is bolted to the engine block. The CV shaft then fits onto one end and the other is inserted directly into the Tranny.

It appears the shaft is pressed into the bearing and the bracket. is it possible for a machine shop to press out the shaft and replace the bearing and reinsert the shaft?
 

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Yes it's possible. I know this, because I had it done on my MX6 just a few months back. But I know nothing about the details of how it's done. (I had taken my car to a transmission specialist in Gatineau Quebec, because of a suspected bad bearing in the transmission. The transmission specialist said it wasn't the transmission, but the intermediate shaft bearing. But since he couldn't find a new intermediate shaft, he took the old one to another specialist to get the bearing replaced.)
 

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This is also something you can do on a leisurely afternoon. I have done it. The shaft is not pressed into the bearing.
If I recall, the shaft is also not clipped into the transmission, making it easier to remove than the other side of the car.
It does take some maneuvering to get at the bolts that hold on the bearing bracket.

Wearing of shaft bearings is a common problem in high mileage cars. Whenever you hear that rattle in direct rear drive cars, it is always the bearing.
 

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I ordered the bearing and dust seals from Jim Ellis Mazda in Atlanta. I then got a local machine shop to change the bearing. The shaft is pressed into the bearing and the bearing is press fit into the bracket.
 
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