Top Mechanics For Drive Shaft Repair & Replacements
Garage in Northwich , 18 years of experience
For most people, auto maintenance and repair is not fun or convenient. So, we want make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible for you. We genuinely care about your car and your experience, and it sho...
STEVEN • 21st March 2023
Peugeot 2008 SUV • Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - outer left
Garage in Hemel Hempstead, 9 years of experience
I started as an apprentice at a Jaguar/Land Rover independent specialist, after working there for 4 years, I then wanted to expand my knowledge so moved onto HGV's, for 2 1/2 years working primarily on Horse...
Garage in Enfield, 30 years of experience
We provide MOT tests, servicing and car repairs on all makes and models in Enfield and surrounding areas. Catering for customers in Enfield, Cheshunt, Barnet and Southgate, we offer quality car servicing and...
DARREN • 17th March 2023
Dacia Sandero Stepway • Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - outer left
Garage in Manchester, 20 years of experience
We offer, vehicle servicing and repairs alongside vintage restorations, caravan builds and tyre fitting.
Garage in Wolverhampton , 12 years of experience
After completing my nvq qualifications in collage, I decided that being stuck in a workshop was not where I wanted to be… I progressed myself as a hgv driver in the breakdown industry working with car and co...
Mobile mechanic in London, 35 years of experience
Abbey Auto Repair is a well established mobile mechanics that has built up an enviable reputation over the last 5 years. We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service a...
Garage in Sandhurst, 25 years of experience
I started my career at 16 years old at a ford main dealer studying for my qualifications at the same time. Moved from ford and started building cars for films (And in the back ground started as a part tim...
Garage in Middlesex, 13 years of experience
I have 3 years working for Volkswagen but the bulk of my experience has been with small independent garages working on all makes and models. I have been an independent mechanic for the past 4 years and am ab...
Garage in London, 10 years of experience
You’ll never struggle to find One Stop Auto Centre – there are plenty of handy transport links nearby. That means there’s always ease of access to help you get to and from our London garage easily when you l...
Garage in Melksham, 10 years of experience
worked as a mechanic in independent and main dealer shops and decided to go off on my own to offer a mobile repair service.
Garage in Falkirk, 8 years of experience
Self employed mechanic for the past 3 years covering central Scotland. All work accepted
IAIN • 17th February 2023
Dacia Sandero Stepway • Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side
Mobile mechanic in Tamworth, 10 years of experience
Ive been a mechanic for 10 years im hybrid trained and level 3 trained technician ive worked for a major leading company and decided to run my own business im also mot trained so have a good understanding of...
ADRIAN • 15th February 2023
Ford C-MAX • Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - inner right
Garage in Ashford , 11 years of experience
Welcome to SBL Mobile Tyres & Autocare! Your ultimate solution for quality and reliability. When talking about SBL Mobile Tyres & Autocare you can expect the following: - 100% Satisfaction. - Our expert...
ANGIE • 13th February 2023
Honda Civic • Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - inner left
Garage in Gravesend, 12 years of experience
Local business based by Gravesend, always happy to help all my customers to the best of my ability. 12 years of experience so far!
I found Gareth to be very polite, courteous and professional, and will definitely use him again in the future.
Thank you again for a great service!”
MATTHEW • 2nd February 2023
Ford Transit • Driveshaft CV joint replacement - front outer / driver side
Garage in Birmingham , 9 years of experience
Mots class 4 5 and 7. All repair work servicing, brakes , tyres , exhaust and clutches.
Frequently asked questions about drive shaft repair & replacements
Read our answers to questions about drive shaft repair costs, symptoms and more.
What does a Driveshaft do?
On rear-wheel drive (and all-wheel drive) cars the driveshaft transfers the power from the engine to rear wheels to be distributed over the two rear wheels. In some cars the driveshaft connects to a transaxle (a gearbox and differential mounted at the back of the car), but in most cars it transfers the power from the gearbox attached to the engine at the front to a differential at the back.
What does a drive shaft replacement involve?
- The mechanic will jack the car safely.
- The mechanic will inspect the drive shaft.
- If necessary the mechanic will replace the faulty driveshaft
- The mechanic will advise if other components need to be replaced.
- The mechanic will re-check the drive assembly and test drive the car.
- If necessary, the mechanic will make adjustments.
Can I do a drive shaft replacement myself?
Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a drive shaft replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.
What are the symptoms of a bad drive shaft?
- When the car vibrates whilst driving, noticeable through the steering wheel.
- When there is a thudding or clunking noise coming from underneath or the back of the car.
- When there is a squeaking noise coming from underneath or the back of the car.
- When the car does not move at all.
How long does it take to replace a driveshaft?
A drive shaft replacement typically takes 1 hour, but can take less or more time. Ultimately, the time that the job will take depends on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.
When should a drive shaft be replaced?
While the driveshaft itself is usually not prone to wear over time and there is no set lifespan, it can get damaged. Usually due to an accident or because the shaft was damaged will driving over a bump or through a pothole. In many cases like this the car becomes practically undriveable with severe knocking noises.
Addressing issues with the drive shaft timely and professionally is key to prevent further, more expensive, damage to the car. Should you experience problems with driveshaft then it is advisable to have it inspected and, if necessary, have the driveshaft replaced. Always service the driveshaft as and when stipulated in the guidelines set out by your car's manufacturer.
Can you drive with a broken drive shaft?
Driving with a broken or defective drive shaft can potentially be dangerous lead to further damage to your vehicle. If you suspect there is any issue with your drive shaft or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle.
How much does it cost to replace a prop shaft?
The cost for a prop shaft replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Furthermore it will also depend on your location.
Is it dangerous to drive with a bad CV joint?
Yes, it is dangerous to drive with a bad CV joint. Over time the CV joint can deteriorate if its protective CV boot is damaged, and the grease inside gets contaminated. Ultimately this can lead to the part disintegrating when you drive which could mean you lose control over the vehicle.
If you suspect there is any issue with your CV joints or there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect and do not drive the vehicle.
Is a drive shaft the same as a prop shaft?
A prop shaft is slghtly different from the drive shafts in that the prop shaft on rear wheel drive or 4 wheel drive vehicles transfers power from the engine and gearbox to the rear wheels. A drive shaft, on the other hand, transfers power to a wheel usually from a differential on the front or rear of the car.
Is a worn drive shaft an MOT failure?
Yes, a worn drive shaft can lead to an MOT failure if one its component checked during the MOT has an issue. For example, vehicles often fail their MOT on the CV joint section of the driveshaft, or indeed the CV boots.
What happens when your drive shaft goes out?
When your driveshaft goes out or fails you will hear a loud grinding or clunking noise as the driveshaft breaks. It can lead to the wheels no longer turning properly and a loss of control of the car. It will very likely also lead to further damage to the suspension and drivetrain.
It's important to get your driveshafts checked periodically and address any issues.
What causes a driveshaft to break?
A drive shaft must rotate extremely fast to do its job, so it must stay weighted down and balanced precisely. If the car is backed up into another object, the impact can disrupt this balance and cause the drive shaft to break. Sometimes even hitting a curb too abruptly can break the drive shaft.
Lack of lubrication can sometimes also cause damage to the driveshaft and its related components.
What is the average lifespan of a driveshaft?
You can usually expect it to last 70,000 miles or even the entire lifetime of a car in an ideal situation. How long the drive shaft lasts depends a lot on driving habits, vehicle modifications and other external factors.
How much does it cost to replace a drive shaft?
Prices for a drive shaft repair range from £170 to £340 with an average cost of £275. Ultimately, the cost of a driveshaft, also known as the prop shaft, replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your driveshaft replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page!
Check out the ClickMechanic price for a drive shaft repair. See the averages for different makes below. We consolidate industry standard data with millions of data points to give you the most accurate price. We have drive shaft repair prices for 47 different manufacturers.
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- Mitsubishi Fuso
- Ford US
- Great Wall
- London Taxi's International
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Mechanics that undertake drive shaft work
- A.M.S Automotive, Sandhurst
- AUTO TECH, Fishguard
- AUTOMATIC MOTORS LTD, London
- Automotive Maintenance Solutions, Westbury
- Automotive Solutions, Swanland
- F.M.A. Mobile Mechanic & Diagnostics, Leeds
- Fast Autocare Northeast Ltd, Stockton On Tees
- Gr Automotive Repairs And Servicing, Shepperton
- Jojocarrepairs, Wood Green
Recent Drive Shaft repair quotes
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