What is the Driveshaft ?
The driveshaft send the power (torque) created by the engine to the front (front wheel-drive), rear (rear wheel-drive), or front and rear (four wheel-drive) of the vehicle as needed. A 4WD car may have two driveshafts.
Bear in mind:
- A four wheel-drive car may have two driveshafts, in which case you may only need one changed.
- A car with modified height will run a greater risk of having a damaged driveshaft.
- When your driveshaft is changed, all other components should be checked for quality, and the U-joints should be properly lubricated.
- In some cars, it is more straightforward and affordable to replace the entire driveshaft than to replace a single component.
How it’s done:
- Remove and change drive shaft.
- Perform basic safety inspection.
- Test drive the car.
When applicable, make sure all U-joints are lubricated during a major service. This will lengthens the life of your driveshaft.
What common signs indicate you may need to replace the Driveshaft?
- A clunking noise when you accelerate or shift between drive and reverse.
- Vibration when driving.
- Squeaking noise while driving.
How vital is this service?
SEE ALSO:HOW TO LUBRICATE DRIVESHAFT
A driveshaft is responsible for transferring power from a car’s transmission to its wheels. The driveshaft gets the torque from the transmission, and uses it to turn the wheels. As the driveshaft gets damaged, it doesn’t do its job as well, which puts undue pressure on other parts of the car, which can cause damage. When the driveshaft ceases working entirely, the vehicle won’t be able to send power to the wheels, and you won’t be able to drive.
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