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Want to learn more about Drive Shaft repairs?

Read our short guide with information on 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.

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!

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47 manufacturers for Drive Shaft Repair

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £177.37 - £409.25

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 391

£425

£275 - £504

£407 - £734

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Aston Martin

Parts costs: £118.02 - £141.62

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£244

£179 - £179

£263 - £263

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Audi

Parts costs: £138.37 - £299.80

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 5048

£316

£220 - £365

£329 - £529

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Austin

Parts costs: £10.09 - £12.11

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£80

£86 - £86

£164 - £164

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Bentley

Parts costs: £277.52 - £333.02

Labour time: 8+ hours

# of quotes: 1

£1156

£944 - £944

£1,662 - £1,662

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BMW

Parts costs: £324.52 - £601.24

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 3095

£602

£431 - £639

£602 - £876

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £190.25 - £369.65

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 157

£375

£257 - £398

£362 - £550

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £171.92 - £280.53

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 61

£284

£233 - £301

£328 - £414

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Citroen

Parts costs: £134.48 - £330.78

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 2570

£338

£234 - £418

£360 - £614

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Dacia

Parts costs: £626.45 - £938.31

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 10

£990

£809 - £966

£1,115 - £1,305

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £79.34 - £95.43

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 59

£146

£149 - £150

£235 - £236

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £109.16 - £203.00

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 53

£297

£203 - £303

£319 - £470

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Dodge

Parts costs: £283.27 - £439.45

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 6

£421

£381 - £467

£535 - £640

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Fiat

Parts costs: £138.48 - £325.80

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1522

£314

£206 - £363

£300 - £508

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Ford

Parts costs: £106.35 - £317.82

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 9239

£298

£178 - £365

£271 - £517

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Honda

Parts costs: £136.92 - £323.90

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 2085

£319

£190 - £343

£270 - £469

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £176.14 - £387.12

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 891

£384

£257 - £434

£372 - £609

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £53.99 - £64.79

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£149

£139 - £139

£234 - £234

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Iveco

Parts costs: £13.25 - £15.90

Labour time: 3-4 hours

# of quotes: 8

£190

£207 - £225

£402 - £438

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £218.34 - £413.49

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 538

£438

£339 - £506

£503 - £735

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Jeep

Parts costs: £183.40 - £413.46

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 196

£455

£247 - £415

£346 - £554

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Kia

Parts costs: £115.41 - £294.24

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 802

£293

£174 - £325

£256 - £454

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £145.87 - £414.21

Labour time: 2-3 hours

# of quotes: 1809

£412

£273 - £496

£429 - £715

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LDV

Parts costs: £299.31 - £444.88

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 45

£401

£355 - £427

£470 - £557

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Lexus

Parts costs: £238.72 - £457.67

Labour time: 3-5 hours

# of quotes: 58

£611

£456 - £622

£719 - £937

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Mazda

Parts costs: £196.73 - £512.60

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 714

£452

£289 - £579

£419 - £815

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £230.68 - £510.33

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 1247

£490

£330 - £552

£476 - £762

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MG

Parts costs: £28.26 - £51.43

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 98

£113

£94 - £122

£165 - £209

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MINI

Parts costs: £283.47 - £563.81

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 685

£511

£360 - £594

£494 - £811

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £167.07 - £265.91

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 247

£294

£249 - £340

£363 - £501

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Nissan

Parts costs: £136.21 - £381.69

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 1932

£353

£207 - £442

£304 - £629

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £132.85 - £340.23

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 3819

£343

£234 - £423

£361 - £618

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £137.71 - £167.14

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 13

£195

£204 - £205

£296 - £298

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Porsche

Parts costs: £447.77 - £767.97

Labour time: 2-4 hours

# of quotes: 33

£807

£594 - £804

£829 - £1,096

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Renault

Parts costs: £131.03 - £292.98

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 3524

£313

£218 - £368

£331 - £540

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Rover

Parts costs: £29.68 - £53.14

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 349

£93

£80 - £101

£135 - £166

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Saab

Parts costs: £184.58 - £266.18

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 353

£296

£248 - £303

£347 - £428

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SEAT

Parts costs: £138.90 - £271.16

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1474

£280

£209 - £312

£306 - £443

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Skoda

Parts costs: £160.78 - £308.74

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1214

£332

£247 - £354

£364 - £502

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Smart

Parts costs: £272.75 - £466.36

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 23

£445

£341 - £477

£464 - £643

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £179.47 - £218.30

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 8

£278

£246 - £266

£348 - £385

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Subaru

Parts costs: £107.44 - £181.16

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 117

£235

£166 - £220

£246 - £318

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £157.20 - £302.42

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 368

£320

£246 - £354

£366 - £506

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Toyota

Parts costs: £122.53 - £307.93

Labour time: 1-3 hours

# of quotes: 1418

£373

£224 - £418

£349 - £629

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £167.71 - £407.85

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 7015

£358

£224 - £430

£314 - £587

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £136.77 - £274.94

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 8686

£280

£215 - £321

£319 - £458

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Volvo

Parts costs: £115.35 - £259.02

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1575

£252

£176 - £295

£259 - £417

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  • Reva
  • Asia
  • TVR
  • Ferrari
  • Morgan
  • Buick
  • Lamborghini
  • Pontiac
  • Carbodies
  • DS
  • Mitsubishi Fuso
  • Moskvich
  • Cadillac
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • Daimler
  • FSO
  • Maybach
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Santana
  • Tata
  • Great Wall
  • Piaggio
  • Perodua
  • Infiniti
  • Lada
  • Lancia
  • Lotus
  • Maserati
  • Proton
  • London Taxi's International

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for a drive shaft repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Drive Shaft repair quotes

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£65.76

Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - outer left

Ford Focus
Leicester
£80.98

Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - outer left

Volkswagen Golf
Leicester
£106.12

Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - inner left

Vauxhall Movano
Cricklewood
£159.38

Front driveshaft CV joint gaiter replacement - outer right

Mazda Mazda6
Redruth