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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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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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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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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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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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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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I here a clank at take off from dead stop or if i put it in reverse
The drive shaft U joints are most likely going bad. On some vehicles with aluminum driveshafts they will be noisey when put into drive or reverse. If the joints are not bad then the shaft may need to be replaced....
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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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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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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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U-joint slips out of rear end 1995 chevy C1500
Hello - either an wrong u-joint was installed, and was installed incorrectly - not engaging the tabs which should hold it in place. Also possible, the nuts on the "u-bolts" that hold the u-joint into the driveshaft and differential yoke...
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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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