How to cure that drive shaft vibration!

What do you do when all else fails in your search for a vibration in your vehicle? You've had all four tires checked and balanced, you had the vehicle aligned, and you've checked the differentials for warn out components. It could be your drive shaft that is causing you the headache!

Here are a few things to check:

  • Check to make sure that the universal joints don't have slack either in the bearings or side to side play in the yoke
  • If your drive shaft has a slip yoke (such as this drive shaft here), make sure there is no up down movement in the slip
  • If your drive shaft is a one piece unit (such this one here), make sure there is no play between the transmission yoke and the transmission output shaft
  • If your drive shaft has a constant velocity unit (CV), check to make sure there is no slack or clicking sound when you move that unit by hand (see the first link above, that drive shaft has a CV as well as a slip yoke)
  • If all else fails, you may need to have the drive shaft checked for balance

Many times, it is just a warn or faulty u-joint, warn constant velocity assembly, or slip yoke causing the majority of the vibration. Other times, it can be more serious and the entire drive shaft may need to be replaced. If you're still unsure of the cause of the vibration, give us a call at 501-626-0570 and we'll do our best to help you find the source of the problem. We're always happy to help!



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