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Toyota Driveshaft
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Toyota Driveshaft

Toyota Driveshaft, an uncommon mechanical auto-part which is known for fulfilling an ordinary purpose; power transmission to the axle or wheel. Let's put together, all effort to dig-out little but weighty facts regarding Toyota driveshaft.

Significance of a Toyota Driveshaft

Actually a Toyota driveshaft is a longitudinal shaft which transmits the torque from the engine with the help of an output shaft to the axle which forwards the same to the wheels. The design of a driveshaft can be either solid or hollow (tubular) and is made up of steel or aluminum. Universal joints (U-joints) & Constant Velocity joints (CV-joints) are the two flexible joints of a driveshaft. These two joints bring off the transmission of power to the drive axle or drive wheels. Gradually, these joints may commence to show side effects of corrosion or any other different substance, if not kept well.

Driveshaft is also known as Driving Shaft or Propeller Shaft or Cardan Shaft. A propeller shaft or prop-shaft is a driveshaft which connects the gearbox to the rear differential whereas Half Shaft is again a driveshaft which connects a rear differential to a rear wheel.

Various types of Driveshaft can be used in cars as per the need, they are listed as:

  • 1-piece drive shaft
  • 2-piece drive shaft
  • Slip-in-tube drive shaft

***A Slip-in-Tube Drive Shaft or a Collapsible Drive Shaft has proved its efficiency in crash energy management. During any crash, it can easily force into smaller space.

You will be surprised to know that Toyota's existing line-up of models include Toyota Avalon, Toyota Celica, Toyota VENZA, Toyota Matrix etc. All of them are outfitted with the power transmitting device i.e. Toyota driveshaft.

Symptoms of a faulty Toyota Driveshaft and their causes

  • You may feel jolt when your Toyota starts accelerating from zero acceleration, because of a faulty bearing and loose universal joint or U-joint.
  • While changing gears if you hear a loud thump then surely it's your worn-out universal joint.
  • If your Toyota is running out-of-balance, irrespective of speed limit then your Toyota is in a serious trouble. The reason can be many like a bent driveshaft or loose clamp-bolts or worn-out universal joint.
  • A low or no lubrication in universal joints may produce a high-pitched sound even if you are driving at low speeds.
  • A metallic hammering sound is a clue that driveshaft is beating frame tunnel or a worn-out constant velocity joint.
  • Generally, the noises coming out of a driveshaft might have a lot of reason such as worn U-joints, slip joint wear, or a faulty center support bearing.

What you should do to avoid damage in Toyota Driveshaft?

  • You must check Toyota's universal joint, center bearing and constant velocity joint for any repair or replacement.
  • You must tightly fit the universal joint, and its clamp bolts.
  • Universal joint must be lubricated; and if required change the gear lubricant.
  • Moreover time-to-time inspection and servicing of your Toyota driveshaft and universal joint is a must.
  • The driveshaft must not be over loaded.