Drive Shaft Trouble
The drive shaft is a very important part of a car. It essentially lets the car shift from idle to drive, and every car cannot do without it. There are various signs and symptoms of drive shaft problems.
When the drive shaft is failing or bad, there are a variety of noises you may hear. It depends, but it can cause loud clunking noises when driving. You could also hear some squeaking noises that may lessen or strengthen in intensity depending on how fast you’re driving. Other sounds a failing drive shaft can produce are fast, intense rattling noises.
Another possible symptom of a bad drive shaft is trouble turning. The wheels could be impeded from moving normally by a failing drive shaft, and you might notice difficulty turning sharply and resistance when turning corners. Anything that makes use of the wheels moving like parking could become difficult.
A failing drive shaft can also cause vibrations. It could feel like your entire car is shaking, or just a certain portion could be vibrating because of drive shaft problems. A typical area that shakes a lot is the floorboards. A specific sign that the drive shaft is causing problems instead of another part of the car is when the car vibrates while moving or while it’s not moving. The vibration may get a lot worse when you drive at faster speeds.
A faulty or bad drive shaft can be dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible. If a problem is found early enough, the repair costs could potentially be lower. Drive shafts usually take time to fail completely, but sometimes they won’t show any signs of problems at all until they’ve completely failed. Regardless, it’s best to keep a keen eye out for your car.