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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 Driveshaft
Common signs include intense car vibrations and abnormal noises, like clunking, rattling, and scraping sounds, coming from beneath 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 the transmission to the rear axle. Since the driveshaft must also be able to move up...
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 Drive Shaft
CV joints by design do not need regular servicing unless a CV boot has become ripped. Many times it is more cost effective to replace the entire CV axle due to...
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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Is it normal to have 1/8 turn backlash on front drive shaft?
The driveshaft will have some slack when you turn it back and forth when the 4x4 is not engaged and the front hubs have not locked in. The 1/8 turn may be normal. If you have engagement problems for the...
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Tires spun and car won't go forward
Hi, thanks for writing in. Usually, when you hear a clunking sound after the wheels were spinning it means that either the front drive axle was stripped or there is damaged inside the front transfer case. If the wheels spin...
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Transmission was low. Put 4 quarts in it and everything was fine until next morning shifting to drive and felt like neutral
If the fluid was 4-5 quarts low, that's a third of the total transmission fluid capacity. The transmission has probably been running very hot because of that, causing accelerated wear to the internals (clutches, etc). Check the dipstick for the...
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driveshaft has dents -vibrates above 50 mph
Try searching inventory at www.car-part.com which will also give you the interchange info you have requested. You will probably find a used driveshaft via that website and there is no reason it can't be shipped via UPS to your locale....
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Drive Shaft out of balance. Negative effect
Hello, thanks for writing in about your Ford Explorer. The vibrating drive shaft can cause premature bearing failure in the rear end and the transmission tail shaft. You should take it to a driveshaft shop or have it serviced by...
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Drive shaft shakes bad
From your description I believe that there may be a problem in the rear differential of your vehicle. More specifically the pinion bearings. It sounds like they may have gone bad and this has caused excess movement in the drive...
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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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My Yukon Denali is AWD. With front tires off the ground, should the drive shaft and both tires spin freely of each other?
Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to help. This is a normal thing. Your front axle carrier has an electronic actuator that locks it in only when the transfer case is locked into 4WD. The fact that...
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Driveline clunk and greasing the slip yoke
You can try using transfer case fluid as a lubricant. The transfer case fluid is just automatic transmission fluid. Using the lastest version of Dexron transmission fluid should work out fine. The service bulletin for drive line clunk instructs mechanics...
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Front CV drive shaft
Hello. The most important sign is when you drive there isn't any vibration. If the source of your question is due to a vibration and you suspect the drive shaft, the best way to check it is to put the...
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Driveshaft assembly
Hello, thanks for writing in. The driveshaft assembly is composed of the driveshaft, U-joints and snap rings. Both ends of the driveshaft connect to the output shaft and differential via yokes. If you would like help with this replacement, consider...
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I recently replaced my U-Joints on my driveshaft and now my car vibrates, it gets worse the faster I'm traveling.
Hi there. Did the U-joints you installed have grease fittings and did you fill them with grease prior to driving? I know this is a basic step, but one that often gets forgotten. Dry bearings inside the u-joints wont last...
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Knocking sound and steering column vibration - 2005 GMC Sierra 2500
Without hearing or experiencing the noise myself, it is hard to make an accurately diagnose this but GM has a TSB (technical service bulletin) that may address this concern. There are 3 possible causes from a body mount at the...
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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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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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Noises coming from the undercarriage.
I suspect you have a driveshaft issue, probably one of the U-joints (the front is a double U-joint, or Cardan joint). This driveshaft also has a sliding spline section, which, if it gets grit in it or is not lubricated,...
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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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