The national cost for driveshaft replacement is between $486 and $1472 with an average of $722

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What is a driveshaft and how does it work?

A driveshaft is a long, cylindrical tube that delivers rotational torque from your engine and transmission to the differential(s) that turns the drive axles in your vehicle. This transfer of torque allows your drive wheels to move. The driveshaft extends along the underside of your vehicle from front to back. It connects the transmission or transfer case to another gearbox, called a differential. There, the rotation of the drive shaft is turned ninety degrees to spin the axle(s), which, in turn, spin the wheels. In order to accommodate the up and down movement of your suspension, the driveshaft is fitted at each end with a universal joint (or “u-joint”) that articulates while rotating. Four-wheel and all-wheel-drive vehicles have two drive shafts, one for the rear wheels and another for the front wheels. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have one. Front-wheel-drive vehicles rely on a different type of drive shaft (called a CV axle) that combines the functions of a drive shaft and axle into a single component on each side of the vehicle.

How do I know if my vehicle needs a new driveshaft?

All of the torque that a driveshaft experiences puts a great deal of stress on the shaft and universal joints. Still, it is relatively uncommon for the driveshaft itself to wear out and need replacement. That is not the case for the universal joints at each end. They tend to wear out over time and need replacement. Therefore, driveshaft repair is a more common service than driveshaft replacement, which is typically done when the component is damaged from an impact with a foreign object. Your driveshaft might need to be replaced or repaired if you notice one or more of the following signs

A squeaking noise while driving that increases with vehicle speed

A clunking noise when shifting from forward to reverse or vice versa

Vibration while driving that increases with vehicle speed

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How is a Driveshaft Replacement done?

To replace a driveshaft, a technician will need to safely lift and support your vehicle in the air for access. Shields, guards, and crossmembers might also need to be removed. From there, the technician will detach the u-joint connecting the driveshaft at each end to the transmission or transfer case and to the differential. The driveshaft is slid forward to unseat it from the pinion flange of the differential, lowered slightly, and pulled from the transmission or transfer case before being removed completely from the vehicle. Installation involves sliding the new driveshaft’s yoke over the output shaft of the transmission or transfer case, making sure that it is accurately aligned for proper balance. The driveshaft is raised up so that it can be connected to the differential. All fasteners are installed and torqued to manufacturer’s specifications.

OTHER QUESTIONS CUSTOMERS ASK

What happens if my driveshaft breaks while driving?
If your driveshaft breaks while you are driving, your vehicle will no longer be able to get power to the drive wheels. Depending on the four-wheel-drive mode you are operating in, you might stop moving or have trouble accelerating. You could hear a loud clanging sound and the driveshaft might drag on the ground. You could lose steering ability as well.
Can you fix a broken driveshaft?
Whether or not you can fix a broken driveshaft depends on where the break occurs. If a universal joint fails, it can typically be replaced. However, if the break is at a seam or in the body of the driveshaft, it is very difficult to repair. The job must be done in a machine shop with tools to resection, weld, grind, and (importantly) balance the shaft so that it is not only strong, but can spin true when reinstalled in your vehicle. This type of repair is uncommon.
How many driveshafts does a car have?
The number of driveshafts in a vehicle depends on the type of drive system. A rear-wheel-drive vehicle has a single driveshaft leading from the transmission to the rear differential. A four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle usually (although not always) has two, one for the front wheels and one for the rear. A front-wheel-drive vehicle (and some all-wheel models) rely not on a driveshaft but on a pair of CV axles that double as both driveshaft and axle.

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