How to Diagnose Truck Drive Shaft Problems – Vibrations and Noise
This video gives some great tips on how to check for issues on the rear driveshaft. The first thing to look at is those wheels. It’s vital to make sure that none of them are binding.
That could lead to overheating and vibration. Meanwhile, tires shouldn’t show signs of damage or wear.
There could be a few reasons why the shocks are in bad shape, or you notice some damage to your wheels. It could be an issue with the differential, or the wheels are out of balance. If everything else checks out and you’re still scratching your head, it’s time to look at the rear driveshaft. The best way is to pay special attention to the forward U-joint.
A tight or loose differential could indicate a bad U-joint. Adding some grease might provide a temporary fix, but the damage is probably already done if it’s binding. If something is wrong with U-joints, getting that driveshaft removed and giving it a thorough diagnosis is prudent. Experts recommend testing all the U-joints to make sure everything is in a tip-top shape.
With four-wheel-drive models, there’s a need to look at the carrier bearing too. If that thing separates, it could be a recipe for disaster. No driver wants to risk an accident due to a damaged carrier. The good thing is that the car repair shop knows what to do. That way, there’s no chance of the faulty component causing an accident.