Driveshaft : A longitudinal shaft containing u-joints(s), a u-joint combined with a cv joint, or a cv joint(s) that delivers power from the transmission to a differential. This power eventually propels the vehicle forward or backwards harnessing the power of the transmission and helping this power convert the wheels to movement. Rear wheel drive cars usually have a driveshaft however, some cv axles are called drive shafts too.
The driveshaft usually consists of a tube made of steel of aluminum combined with u-joints, cv joints and or yokes. The driveshaft is balanced to help reduce driving vibrations. Some driveshaft designs use a two-piece shaft or a slip in tube. The two piece driveshaft uses a slide in and out design to adjust the length of the entire driveshaft to absorb the suspension movements. The slip in tube design is a collapsible driveshaft that can collapse in the event of a collision.
Vehicles with all wheel drive or four wheel drive usually have 2 drive shafts or 1 driveshaft with 2 cv shafts. When a driveshaft problem occurs, you may notice a strange vibration while driving. U-joints can bind up, wear out or even break. If a u-joint breaks, the vehicle will not move. Carrier bearings may be used to help support the center of the driveshaft. A carrier bearing can go bad causing clunking sounds or vibrations. Driveshaft tubes generally do not go bad but sometimes you can run something over and actually dent or bend the driveshaft tube causing a problem such as a vibration.
Drive shafts can be replaced or rebuilt. When a driveshaft has a problem, Guy’s Automotive can help you assess the cost of the repair. Some driveshaft problems can even destroy the transmission or rear end. No matter what type of driveshaft problem you have, Guy’s Automotive can repair or replace your driveshaft with no problems. Call Guy’s Automotive today for all of your driveshaft problems and more.