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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft
Common signs include intense car vibrations and abnormal noises, like clunking, rattling, and scraping, coming from under the vehicle.
How to Replace a Worn Out U-Joint
Your rear-wheel drive vehicle uses a rotating driveshaft to transfer torque (rotational force) from the transmission to the rear axle. Since the driveshaft...
How to Replace a Driveshaft Center Support Bearing
The center support bearing for the driveshaft is simple in design and function. It can be difficult to replace due to the driveshaft's complex build.
How to Lubricate a Driveshaft
CV joints by design do not need regular servicing unless a CV boot has become ripped. Many times it is more cost effective to...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Universal Joint (U-Joint)
Common signs of a faulty u-joint include a squeaking noise, clunking sound when shifting, vibrations in the car, and transmission fluid leaking.
How to Lubricate Your Car's U-Joints
U-joints allow the driveshaft to keep up with the movements of your car's suspension system. Keeping them lubricated will prevent wear and noise.
How To Measure Driveshaft Length
The The driveshaft of a vehicle transfers the torque or power from the vehicle's transmission to the wheel axles. If your car is a front-wheel drive, the power is sent to the two front wheels. If it is a...
How to Buy a Good Quality Driveshaft
The The driveshaft is the part of your car that takes the engine’s power and sends it to your wheels in order to propel the vehicle. There are two driveshafts in front-wheel drive cars, called half shafts. Rear-wheel drive vehicles...
How Long Does a Driveshaft Last?
When When it comes to important components in your vehicle, the driveshaft holds a lot of importance. This part is responsible for delivering the torque, or power, that is being made by your engine and sending it to the correct...
What is Rear-Wheel Drive?
For For the better part of the twentieth century, nearly every vehicle on the road had the engine sending power to the rear wheels. This arrangement makes a lot of sense to designers, with the rear wheels handling all of...

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My truck wont move at all.
Hi there. Set the parking brake and set a wheel chock in front and behind the front wheels. Then put the transmission in drive and look under the vehicle to see if the rear driveshaft is turning. If the driveshaft...
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1998 Toyota Corolla won't accelerate
A low fluid level will cause the transmission to not go into a drive gear fully. The differential seals from the transaxle can leak, and cause fluid level to drop. If these seals are leaking, they will need to be...
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I have a vibration in the center of my truck from 55-80 mph
If the driveshaft was rebuilt, I would first check to be sure that the shaft is balanced AND true. The biggest problem though is identifying a facility with the appropriate CALIBRATED equipment and knowledgeable staff. If you can identify a...
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Can you put a drive shaft on crooked
The drive shafts that connect the transmission to the wheels are called half shafts or propeller shafts and in most cases are not able to be put in crooked. They are either put on using fitted flanges or straight shafts....
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Which side of a driveshaft do you put the spline on or does it matter?
The spline on the drive shaft should be as close to the transmission or transfer case as possible for the rear and front applications. This prevents any unwanted twisting torsional motion with the driveshaft and allows the yoke to have...
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When I take off or reverse the back of my truck makes a cracking noise
You should inspect the rear driveshaft U-joints to see if the joints are bad. You may see where the joints are loose or rust around joints. You will need to replace the U-joints if they are loose or making noise....
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42rle transmission driveshaft have different part numbers.
The best thing to do is cross reference the part number with the dealership and the parts store. Keep in mind, the part number on your jeep is from the dealership and not a local parts store. So if you...
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I have a 1990 Chevy 4x4 short wheel base step side with an automatic transmission.
If the front drive shaft is spinning and not able to be engaged, then the chain in the transfer case could be broken. For the transmission to be in neutral in all the gears, but lock up in the park...
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Vibration in floor 1992 Buick Roadmaster
Hi there - yes, this is a driveshaft issue. It could be a worn u-joint (front), or a worn driveshaft bushing in the transmission tailshaft housing. Either of these would cause loose motion and vibration from the driveshaft such as...
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There is a knock under the body.
Hi there. Try putting the transmission in drive and reverse back and forth. If the clunk is heard in both directions and the clunk changes in sound pitch, then there is a universal joint that has the bearings burned up...
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Is Mototehnika a good driveshaft brand?
Hi there. Mototehnika driveshafts are a descent design to have for your vehicle. The best driveshaft to install in the vehicle is an OEM specified driveshaft. There are lots of good reviews about the Mototehnika driveshaft design and a lot...
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ticking / clicking noise coming from the front end while driving a low speeds.
Hello. In some cases, the ticking or clicking noise while driving you're hearing can be caused by either a wheel bearing that is faulty, a rotor that is warped or CV joint that is damaged. It's best to have a...
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I have a Chrys 300, when I turn it on and put it into drive I hear a grinding noise. I think it's the drive shaft or differential.
Billing question sent to CS for the cost to repair the driveshaft or differential from making a grinding noise.
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Drive shaft replacement
Hello. Replacing a driveshaft usually require replacement of the driveshaft itself and any bearings or couplings that go with it. Most driveshafts will have at least one center support bearing or flex coupler joint that should also be replaced at...
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Clunking sound when starting to move in first gear. 2002 Subaru
Hello - there is a flex disk joint on the driveshaft of your Subaru which connects to the transmission right about where the center console, and the noise you mention, are located. This flex disk deteriorates over time, due to...
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I have 2009 Toyota Highlander, LIMITED.
Since you recently did some work on the driveshaft, I would first suspect there was a problem as a result of the installation process. Before you begin taking the wheel off for inspection, I would connect a scanner to retrieve...
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Dealer says I can not use after market U-joints in my 2009 ram 2500
Hello. I have heard something similar from my driveshaft service, with the following explanation: The aluminum driveshafts are a "softer" metal than steel of course, and the process of forcing the old U-joint cups out, and the new ones in...
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How do I remove/replace the driveshaft center support bearing from the shaft?
Hey there. In order to replace the center support bearing you will need to remove the rear drive shaft and then drop the center support bearing and front shaft. The support bearing will need to be pressed off and then...
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Rear differential won't spin driveshaft, starts to turn then locks up.
Hello there, many common faults will prevent your driveshaft from spinning on your 2003 Mazda. Without knowing which model you have I can only offer general advice. The most common fault would be failing u-joints or worn ring and pinion...
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What rear end will direct swap with a C200 rear end?
Hello and thank you for contacting YourMechanic. You can put any Nissan or Toyota axle on the vehicle. If you use a different rear axle, you will need to switch the yoke to match the drive shaft and you may...

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