September 22, 2023
A drive shaft is a spinning metal tube that transfers power from a vehicle’s transmission to the differential. It is connected to the vehicle with components such as universal joints and yokes. Due to the spinning motion of the drive shaft, a failure could result in significant damage to the vehicle.
Drive shaft problems affect the drivability of the vehicle and therefore the safety of the driver and passengers. Here are five common signs of drive shaft problems.
A squeaking sound from beneath your vehicle while driving may indicate that the bearings or universal joints, also called U-joints, connected to your drive shaft need lubrication.
Worn center bearings within the drive shaft or loose U-joints can cause your vehicle to shudder while accelerating. This may or may not be accompanied by abnormal sounds, either way your drive shaft needs to be checked.
Drive shafts are weighted and precisely balanced because they rotate with high torque and at very high speeds, so any problems can have a serious impact on your vehicle. If you notice any of the above signs of trouble and suspect you have a drive shaft issue, have your vehicle checked by an automotive professional right away!