To renew the shaft locating circlip use a small screwdriver to prise it out of its groove and backwards towards the universal
joint until it can be withdrawn. Fitting is the reverse of this procedure.
Holding the shaft front end in a vice with padded jaws, feel for free play in the universal joint bearings by pulling it
backwards and forwards and twisting it to and fro in its normal direction of rotation.
If any free play is found in the joint, or if any ether sign of wear or damage is detected, the shaft must be renewed as a
complete assembly. Check with particular care the shaft splines and the bonded rubber section.