A cars’ drive shaft-the rotating object placed between the differentials and gear box. This helps it switch from idle to drive; without which a vehicle would hardly move. Normally, a drive shaft does not fail instantaneously, but deteriorates and fails over time. Thus, if drive shaft problems are diagnosed early, costly repairs could be avoided. There are various symptoms that indicate if your vehicle’s drive shaft is faulty.
- A damaged drive shaft can cause a vibrating car. The entire vehicle or some components of it especially the car flour may shake vibrate and tremble, and this vibration increases with speed. Some vibrations however can also indicate a bad tire but vibrations from tire problems usually happen during acceleration. Whereas drive shaft issues cause vibration when the vehicle is moving or stationary.
Noise and sounds
- A car with bad drive shaft may give out noise. This may be a low squeaking sound that intensifies as speed increases. This sound either completely disappear when traveling at higher speeds and reappears as the vehicle decelerates. This is most times the result of a badly damaged U-joint, this is a part connected to the drive shaft.
- A drive shaft problem can hinder a vehicle’s wheels form turning properly. You may notice hesitation of wheels during a corner turn. There may be feeling of resistance from the tires when taking a sharp turns or U-turns. Also are parking problems while trying to turn the wheels into tight parking spaces.
Universal Joint Movement
- A U-joint that moves too often or does not turn at all can indicate a drive shaft problem. Inspecting the U-joint could take the following, engage the parking brake and shift the gear into neutral, Move the yokes of the U-joint back and forth to check if it’s flexible. If there is excessive movement in any direction, that means the U-joint is unstable and could result negatively on the drive shaft. Also, check for visible rust on the bearing cap seals surrounding the U-joint. This can be an indication of a drive shaft problem.