The driveshaft is one of the essential parts of your vehicle’s drivetrain, as it’s responsible for transferring rotation from the transmission to the wheels. Both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles utilize driveshafts, and front-wheel drive vehicles utilize CV axles and joints. This article will focus on RWD and AWD driveshafts specifically.
What is a Driveshaft?
The purpose of a driveshaft is to power your vehicle down the road. It takes the torque from the engine through the transmission and sends it to the rear axles. Without this transfer of torque, your car wouldn’t be able to move.
Driveshafts are metal tubes that run the length of the bottom of the car, connected to both the transmission and differential.
What Happens if My Driveshaft Fails?
Driveshaft issues can transpire in a few ways. A failing driveshaft can have a variety of symptoms, including any of the following.
- Excessive vibration from under the vehicle
- Difficulty taking turns
- Loud squeaking noise
- Shuddering when accelerating
- Clunking noises
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms, it’s important to take your car to a professional, as a full driveshaft failure when driving can leave you stranded.
How Much Does it Cost to Replace?
Unfortunately, there’s no set price for a driveshaft replacement. The cost of both parts and labor varies heavily depending on the vehicle.
One major factor is the make and model of the car. German and European cars will usually have more expensive replacement parts and cost of labor, so you might be paying close to the top of the price range. Japanese and American vehicles will usually have less expensive parts and labor, but it depends heavily on the specific model and shop.
Of course, these are all generalizations. The price is heavily affected by the type of driveshaft, as more complicated shafts with more moving parts are usually the higher priced parts.
Another factor in the price is the location of the service. Certain cities have higher labor prices for vehicle service no matter the type of vehicle.
Driveshaft replacements from a shop can cost anywhere between $500-$1500 all in, depending on a variety of factors. Calling a shop for a quote is always the best way to get an accurate idea of what you could pay for a replacement.
Driveshaft repair is a service you can opt for, but in many (if not most) cases, a full replacement will be easier in the long run. Repairs can fail or be pricey to get done properly, so choosing a replacement outright might save you a headache.
How Often Do I Need to Replace My Driveshaft?
Driveshafts and the platforms they power vary so heavily that it’s hard to put a lifespan estimate on them, however starting to check for damage and wear at around 75,000 miles is a good rule of thumb.
Some driveshafts will go for the entire life of the car, while others may fail before the 100,000-mile mark. It’s important to keep an eye out for the symptoms of a failing driveshaft and to catch it early.
Driveshaft Replacement at Matson Point S
Suspect a bad driveshaft? Bring your vehicle into Matson Point S in Riverton, Utah for an inspection and service! Our ASE-certified technicians will have your drivetrain back in running condition with quality repairs and friendly service.
Call or schedule an appointment online today to secure a spot with our knowledgeable service advisors and experienced technicians!