Driveshaft International specializes in providing high quality Driveshafts at an affordable price. Our products are American Made, in Denver CO, and we have been providing superior parts and service for over 35 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I measure a driveshaft?
A: You measure it from the tip of the splined tail shaft to the center to center of the u-joint on the differential yoke. Call and we can walk you through the measurement.
Q: Do I need to balance my driveshaft after I replace the u-joints?
A: Anytime u-joints are replaced, it throws the driveshaft out of round, which causes a vibration.
Q: If I’m missing a u-joint, how do I know which one goes on my driveshaft?
A: In this case, we would need a measurement of your rear differential yoke. The first measurement is between the tabs of the yoke or the transfer case. The second measurement is to get the u-joint cap size. To get this measurement, measure across where the u-joint sits. Call and we might be able to look up the u-joint by application
Q: Do I need to change my u-joint if I changed my differential yoke?
A: Yes. If you changed the differential yoke, there could be a chance that the new differential yoke will not fit in the u-joint that is in the driveshaft.
Q: Is a greasable u-joint better than a non-greasable u-joint?
A: Yes. A greasable u-joint will last longer because the u-joint can be greased.
Q: What can cause my driveshaft to vibrate?
A: There are many reasons that a driveshaft can vibrate:
- Something off the road could hit the driveshaft, causing it to be out of balance.
- The u-joints could have lost their grease, causing metal-on-metal grinding, which will in turn make the driveshaft vibrate.
- A weight on the driveshaft could have fallen off, leaving the driveshaft unbalanced.
- The list goes on, but if you do have driveshaft vibrations…bring it in and we will tell you why your driveshaft is vibrating. Free estimate.
Q: All my driveshaft needs is u-joints and to be balanced. How long will that take?
A: If all a driveshaft needs is u-joints and to be balanced, and you bring it in the morning, we can have it done mid-afternoon that same day, in most cases.
Q: I’m missing the hardware for my driveshaft. Do you carry any hardware?
A: We carry Spicer strap kits and u-bolts for all makes and models. We also carry OEM hardware.
Q: Can you tell me what to look for on my driveshaft to see if it might be bad before I take it off?
A: With the driveshaft still in the vehicle, check if there is any movement within the u-joints, and check for dents. Make sure the vehicle is in neutral and blocks are put under the tires before checking the driveshaft.
Q: I hear a clicking noise that sounds like it’s coming from my driveshaft. What could be clicking?
A: The most common clicking comes from a u-joint that no longer has grease in it. This means that the u-joint is rubbing with metal-on-metal without lubrication. If this is not fixed right away, the u-joint can eat its way through the weld yoke that the u-joint sits in and eventually make the driveshaft fall out of the vehicle. This can also happen with the CV kit on front driveshafts, if not lubricated.
Q: How do I know if the driveshaft is making noise and not the transfer case?
A: Out of the two, the driveshaft is the easiest and cheapest to fix. We can test the driveshaft before the transfer case is worked on.
Q: Someone told me that my driveshaft is twisted. How can I tell?
A: If the driveshaft is twisted, the weld yokes will not line up (the weld yokes are the place where the u-joints sit in.) If the weld yokes do not line up and the driveshaft is twisted, there will be a bad vibration.
Q: My driveshaft fell out while I was driving. What makes that happen?
A: The driveshaft could be too short…or under a load, it pulled the driveshaft back, making it too short. Another reason is that the u-joints failed, breaking either the weld yoke or the differential yoke.
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