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How Long Does a Driveshaft Last?
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...
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.
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 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 Replace a Worn Out U-Joint
Your rear-wheel drive vehicle uses a rotating driveshaft to transfer torque (rotational force) from...
How To Measure Driveshaft Length
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...
How to Lubricate a Driveshaft
CV joints by design do not need regular servicing unless a CV boot has become ripped....
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.
What is Rear-Wheel Drive?
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...
How to Buy a Good Quality Driveshaft
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,...

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There's a whining sound coming from the front of the car - 2012 Chevrolet Cruze
Hello and thank you for your question. There are many different things that can cause a whining sound in the front of the vehicle, but the most common is a non-lubricated bearing inside an alternator. If the noise occurs...
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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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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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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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Rear differential won't spin driveshaft, starts to turn then locks up.
Hello. If the rear differential will not spin with the vehicle off of the ground, then it has an internal failure or there is a failure in one of the rear bearings. I usually disconnect the axles first to isolate...
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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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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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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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ticking / clicking noise coming from the front end while driving a low speeds.
Hi there. The ticking noise could be the universal joints on the driveshafts or axle shafts on the front axle. The ticking noise could be the universal joints having the bearings burned up causing the caps to move around on...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Q: 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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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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