Common signs include intense car vibrations and abnormal noises, clunking, rattling, and scraping, coming from under the vehicle.
Drive shafts are a very precision balanced and weighted component because they rotate at very high speeds and torque values to turn the wheels. When the drive shaft has any issue, it can cause problems that affect the drivability of the vehicle. Usually a problem will produce symptoms that alert the driver of an issue that should be addressed.
THE TWO MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS:
1. Intense Vibrations from Underneath the Vehicle
The most common causes of excessive vibration are worn U-joints, slip splines, out-of-balance components, yokes out of phase, or misaligned angles. Excessive vibration of the drive shaft can also cause accelerated wear on other drivetrain components. This can lead to additional issues down the road.
2. Abnormal Noises
If the bushing or bearing that supports the drive shaft or the drive shaft U-joints wear out or fail, they can interfere with the unit’s ability to rotate correctly. This may result in unusual rattling, clunking, or even scraping sounds from under the vehicle. Any noises such as these are an indicator that the vehicle should be serviced as soon as possible. Drive shaft issues can greatly affect the drivability of the vehicle. If you suspect that your drive shaft is having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician to determine if the drive shaft should be replaced.
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