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One thing that classic car collectors and newer car owners in and around San Jose can agree on is that a broken drive shaft can be quite a harrowing experience –  especially when it happens while going 60mph down the highway. Of course, fixing a broken driveshaft on any vehicle isn’t a task fit for just anyone and even determining if that is indeed the actual issue may be best left up to experts, but there are a few things that can help you make this diagnosis.

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Signs of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft

Driveshafts are a very precisely weighted and balanced part of your vehicle and when they experience any issue it can result in problems that adversely affect the drivability of your vehicle. However, many times driveshaft trouble will exhibit symptoms that can alert you to an issue that should probably be addressed as soon as possible.

Intense Vibrations – One of the first things to wear out on a driveshaft is the U-joint or bushings and when they go, they can cause extreme vibrations from underneath the vehicle.

Abnormal Noises – Unusual rattling, clunking, or even scraping sounds from underneath the vehicle may indicate that the driveshaft isn’t rotating properly. This can be caused by the driveshaft U-joints or the bushing or bearing that supports the driveshaft failing or wearing out. Any loud noises from underneath the vehicle are an indicator that it should be serviced as soon as possible.

How to Fix a Broken Driveshaft

While something as simple as replacing the U-joints, bushings, or yoke can be easy enough and there are plenty of DIY videos available showing you how, the importance of professional driveshaft repair and installation cannot be understated. A simple mistake can not only result in more downtime and doing the same work over again, it can also be quite costly in the rare event where its failure caused you to have an accident or resulted in additional damage to the vehicle or the driveshaft itself.

Something as simple as driveshaft balancing services can mean all the difference in the world, as can the assurance of always using quality parts. With Mike’s Transmission in San Jose, we strive to effectively diagnose and repair your driveshaft issue as quickly as possible, so that you can get back to life on the road. We will fully inspect your driveshaft and components, ensuring that we only replace or repair what is required. If your vehicle doesn’t require a completely new driveshaft, we’re not going to try to sell you one and we perform all repairs with the highest quality parts that meet or exceed OEM specifications.

For 30 years now Mike’s Transmission has been serving the San Jose area with quality work that you can depend on. We even have Saturday appointments available, just contact us today and we’ll work with you to get your vehicle back up and running as quickly and as conveniently as possible.


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