4/2017: Tech Bulletin – Symptoms of a Worn or Failing Drive Shaft

May 19, 2017 | Drive Shaft Assembly Tech Bulletins, Tech Bulletins

1. Intense Vibrations from Underneath the Vehicle.

The most common causes of excessive vibration are worn U-joints, slip splines, out-of-balance components, yokes out of phase or misaligned angles. An excessively vibrating drive shaft can also cause accelerated wear on other drivetrain components, which can lead to additional issues down the road.

2. Abnormal Noises.

If the bushing or bearing that supports the drive shaft or the drive shaft U-joints wear out or fail, they can interfere with the unit’s ability to rotate correctly. This may result in unusual rattling, clunking, or even scraping sounds from underneath the vehicle. Any noises such as these are an indicator that the vehicle should be serviced as soon as possible. Any drive shaft issues can greatly affect the drivability of the vehicle. If you suspect that your drive shaft is having an issue, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician to determine if the unit should be replaced.


When addressing a drive shaft problem, it is often best to replace the entire assembly versus just replacing individual components, which may ultimately only address the symptom and not the root cause. TrakMotive New Drive shaft assemblies include all-new components and are 100% precision machine balanced and meet OEM specifications

Contact your local TrakMotive Sales Representative or our Customer Service Department for more details.

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