How Long Does a Universal Joint (U-Joint) Last?

For most rear wheel drive cars, a driveshaft is needed to ensure that the tires turn as they should. The driveshaft works by taking the power from the transmission and transferring it to the wheels of the vehicle. In order for the driveshaft to stay in place, the U-joint will have to be working properly. The U-joint is filled with lubricant that helps it to turn with the driveshaft without locking up. Each time that you drive your car, the driveshaft and U-joint will have to do the job that they are intended for in order for the car to work properly.

The U-joints on a vehicle should last the life of the car or truck, but this is not always the case. There are a number of repair issues that can arise that can render the U-joints on your vehicle unusable. Usually, you will be able to tell when this part of your car goes out due to the issues it will cause. If the U-joints on your car are not working properly, it can lead to the driveshaft not spinning. Without a fully functional driveshaft, you will not be able to drive the vehicle.

If the universal joints on your car need to be replaced, it is best to replace them in pairs in order to avoid further issues down the road. The more you are able to perform this type of preventative repair, the easier you will find it to keep your car running as intended. Replacing the universal joints on a vehicle is not easy, which is why it will require a professional touch. Attempting to do this without professional supervision will usually lead to even more damage being done.

The following are some of the issues that you may experience when the universal joints on your vehicle are in need of replacement:

  • Vibrations when operating the vehicle
  • There is a lot of noise coming from the underside of the vehicle
  • Noticeable leaks from around where the U-joint is mounted

By taking these signs seriously and getting the issues with the U-joints fixed, you will be able to avoid any further damage to your vehicle. Letting professionals replace the broken universal joint is the best way to avoid making matters worse.


Next Step

Schedule Universal Joint (U-joint) Replacement

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Universal Joint (U-joint) Replacement. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Universal Joint (U-joint) Replacement reviews

Excellent Rating

(54)

Rating Summary
48
4
1
1
0
48
4
1
1
0

Christopher

20 years of experience
304 reviews
Christopher
20 years of experience
Ford Explorer Sport V6-4.0L - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Brandon, Florida
I've used Christopher a few times through My Mechanic and he has been great each time. Highly recommended.
Ford Explorer - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Tampa, Florida
On-time, very professional, speedy and quality work

Tinashe

13 years of experience
605 reviews
Tinashe
13 years of experience
Toyota Tacoma V6-4.0L - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Atlanta, Georgia
Tinashe was prompt and provided excellent service. 10/10 Will be using him again.
Jeep Wrangler - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Acworth, Georgia
Arrived early & completed the work in a timely manner with no issues.

Max

10 years of experience
56 reviews
Max
10 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 V8-5.3L - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Fort Worth, Texas
Did a great job on time and fixed properly will use service again
Dodge Ram 1500 - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Fort Worth, Texas
Max was great. Very knowledgeable and friendly.

Walter

46 years of experience
341 reviews
Walter
46 years of experience
Dodge Ram 1500 V8-5.7L - Universal Joint (U-joint) - Jenks, Oklahoma
Walter cares about doing the right thing for the customer which is getting harder to find these days. He showed up on time, fixed the problem and explained the repair very well.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

How Long Does an Oil Cooler Adapter Gasket Last?
There There are a number of gaskets on an engine and each of them performs a specific purpose. For most car owners, their gaskets are not something that they think about until one of them begins to malfunction. Most of...
How Long Does a Transfer Case Output Shaft Seal Last?
The The transfer case output shaft seal is located on the transfer case of vehicles with four-wheel drive. This transfer case allows you to switch between two-wheel drive, neutral, to, low four-wheel, and drive four-wheel drive. The case consists of...
Is it Okay to Drive With Fluid Leaking?
No. No. Do not drive your car if fluid is leaking. Depending on the type of fluid that is leaking, you may be able to drive home from your location, or it may not be safe to drive at all...

Related questions

Exhaust leaking into cabin
Hi. First thing to note is you should not be getting exhaust gases into the cab through the a/c vents unless you have an engine that is leaking exhaust. My recommendation is to have your engine checked for exhaust leaks...
Coolant system leak
A common leak on the 3.8 engine is the upper intake manifold. The gasket itself can go bad on it's own, but sometimes the plastic intake will become brittle and crack around the gasket. Do not delay having the leak...
Fixing a fuel leak on an O8 Dodge Caravan
First thing you want to do is you want to drive it until the gas tank is almost empty because the gas tank weighs a lot less than it does full. When it's full, it's a royal job. But, when...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com