As its name suggests, a drive shaft is designed to deliver power to a drive wheel. Depending on the construction of your vehicle, it may have either two drive shafts if it is a two-wheel drive car or four drive shafts if it is an all-wheel drive one.
A worn-out or damaged drive shaft can affect your drivability and cause several problems, including a squeak noise, excessive vibration and clunking during acceleration or shifting.
Drive shaft repairs and maintenance
- Drive shafts are primarily used to transmit power and torque from the front of a vehicle to the rear wheels.
- Some drive shafts feature flexible joints to accommodate movements of a differential and rear suspension.
- All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive cars and trucks come with 4 drive shafts.
- Abnormal vehicle ride height can cause excessive vibration and damage drive shafts.