Land Rover Discovery 2, TD5 and V8 models are fitted with a special front prop-shaft. This prop-shaft has 3 universal joints, 2 of which are mounted within a ‘double cardan’ type joint, there is also a special centring bearing within this joint.
The double cardan joint allows the prop-shaft to run smoother and at greater angles. Unlike the other universal joints used in most prop-shafts, the original universal joints are not greaseable, they do not have a grease nipple fitted and Land Rover consider them ‘lubricated for life’ and NOT a serviceable item!
When you use your Discovery 2 for off-roading it is inevitable that mud, sand, grit and water will get into the universal joints and they do wear out quicker because they cannot be greased! Worn out universal joints will cause vibrations, knocks and clunks.
To replace the complete prop-shaft, the current price for a genuine Land Rover prop-shaft is around £380.00!!