Does a Driveshaft Need to Be Replaced?

The driveshaft - a small component in your vehicle with a huge responsibility. The driveshaft in your vehicle is responsible for delivering the power made by your engine to the wheels. If you have a high mileage vehicle, chances are your driveshaft is nearing the end of its lifespan if its never been replaced. Once the driveshaft loses its efficiency, other components in your vehicle pick up its slack, causing those parts to wear down quicker. If the driveshaft completely wears down to the point where it can no longer work, your wheels will stop moving. 

So, does a driveshaft need to be replaced? The answer is yes, it typically needs to be replaced once it has reached a point over 75,000 miles or if its has stopped working due to wear and tear. However, when or if it needs to be replaced during your ownership depends on your driving habits and the age of your car. Driveshaft modifications can lead to needing it replaced more often, so that is something to keep in mind if this applies to you. Also, ensuring that your vehicle's U-joints are well lubricated is another way to extend the life of the driveshaft. 

If your driveshaft is ready to be replaced, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • A squeaking noise while driving
  • Vibrations when your vehicle is moving, that gets worse over time
  • A clunking noise when you shift between reverse or drive, or as you accelerate

A failing driveshaft can cause damage and wear to other parts, so having it replaced when needed is important to reduce the amount of repairs you may need. If you suspect that your driveshaft may need to be replaced, don't hesitate to contact us here at The Detroit Garage today! 

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