Can you recognize the signs of a driveshaft failure? Most car owners are unable to do so because they are only semi-familiar with the driveshaft and its function. This is actually one of the vehicle’s most critical yet overlooked components.
What Is a Driveshaft?
The driveshaft is a cylindrical device that links the gearbox and differential. Its role is to transfer power from the engine to the tires. The driveshaft is a critical component, particularly in rear-wheel drive cars. Vehicles ranging from Toyota and Subaru models to more obscure foreign brands almost all have driveshafts.
The driveshaft seldom fails instantaneously. The wear is gradual and accompanied by symptoms. Be alert for the signs of driveshaft failure outlined below.
Cars vibrate for a number of reasons. However, if the vibration feels intense and comes from underneath the car, then a failing driveshaft may be the cause. The problem may lie in the shaft’s bushings or U-joint. If not fixed, the continued vibrations can accelerate wear of nearby drivetrain parts.
As mentioned, a worn driveshaft may indicate worn bushings or U-joint. When these parts fail, they can prevent the driveshaft from rotating properly. The end-result is an audible noise that may resemble a scraping, rattling, or squeaking sound. The sounds may especially be heard when the car is at a low speed. Atypical sounds combined with vibrations should be taken seriously and warrant a prompt trip to an auto service provider.
The car may feel stiff when making a sharp turn or a complete U-turn. You may feel resistance from the tires, as if they refuse to turn. Parking may also feel more difficult, or maneuvering into a tight space.
Don’t Ignore a Failing Driveshaft
A failing driveshaft can affect maneuvering, making it a serious safety liability. Bring your car to Jones Automotive Clinic for auto repairs the minute you recognize the signs of a driveshaft failure.
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