Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft

Failing Driveshaft

Driveshafts are an essential part of the drivetrain that affects the overall control of a car while driving. Make sure to look out for these specific sounds and symptoms that indicate problems with the driveshaft.

Type of drivetrain

The kind of car you are driving will indicate what type of drivetrain system is in your vehicle. There’s a different system for front wheel-drive, rear wheel-drive and four wheel-drive.

What’s the purpose of the driveshaft?

The driveshaft is a cylindrical shaft that is an essential part of a car. It transfers power, torque and rotation, and it’s usually found at the rear wheel drive of a car. Because it rotates at high speeds, driveshafts are accurately weighted and balanced.

Most common failing driveshaft symptoms.

When a driveshaft has issues, it will start affecting the drivability of the car and a few others. Here are the most common issues:

Vibrations from underneath the car

One of the first symptoms that occurs when the driveshaft fails is vibrations coming from underneath the vehicle. Once the universal driveshaft wears out, it may start causing excessive vibrations. When a driveshaft is installed, it is properly balanced to make sure it doesn’t vibrate. So once an excessive vibration starts, it may be time to take it to your mechanic for an inspection. The vibrations are not only felt by the driver and passengers, but it may also speed up the wear on other drivetrain parts. Call us today at (519) 578-4533 to schedule an appointment.

Weird noises from underneath the car.

Another symptom you may experience with a problematic driveshaft is unusual sounds. Sounds that come from underneath your vehicle, such as squeaking, rattling, clunking, scraping, etc. When these noises start, it’s generally a sign your vehicle needs to be serviced.

Trouble turning your car?

Did you know that a broken drive shaft could prevent wheels from turning correctly? This affects your driving from making proper turns and limits general control of the car when driving. This is an issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Shaking during acceleration

When accelerating or when stopping your vehicle, you may experience serious shuddering. That may be another sign of failing drive shaft elements. Typically when a U-joint is loose, a possible bad centre bearing occurs and impacts the acceleration. These weird noises and/or shaking may also be caused by a worn-out U-joint. Contact us today to get your general inspection done by our professional mechanics.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms while driving, give us a call today to find out how we can help. It’s important to take care of these issues as soon as possible and not let them get worse. The more issues appear, the more repairs need to be done. We believe in preventative maintenance, which saves a lot of headaches and money down the road. Keep yourself and loved ones safe on the road.

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