Hi all, new here and looking for help.
I searched this forum extensively for replacing the front driveshaft of AWD M35/45's and only found a couple good leads. I've already got my M45x up on jacks and bought the replacement driveshaft. The old driveshaft is unbolted and harnesses moved, but I'm stuck. Looking for advice on the best way to remove the old driveshaft.
The service manual calls for catalytic converter removal, but is super vague, and the general consensus here seems to be two options:
1) Removing the passenger side exhaust manifold/catalytic converter and dropping the transfer case a couple inches, then sneaking the driveshaft out.
2) Or dropping the steering rack. Which seems risky, lots of suspension bits nearby, and it still seems the transmission brace has to come out.
Any advice for a M45 newbie? Thanks in advance!