Your factory Subaru drive shaft transforms the power, torque, and rotation of your engine into the motion your vehicle needs to roam the highways and byways. Of course, you may refer to yours as a drivetrain. Either name, it's an essential component of every car and SUV.
There are Four Types of Drive Shafts
Front-wheel drive puts your drivetrain components at the front of the vehicle, where they connect to the differential with CV joints. Rear-wheel drive, however, depends on the back wheels to deliver power. That requires a long drive shaft that connects to the transmission with universal joints. The last two types are fairly similar. They're four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. They both feature two drivetrains; one is similar to that found with rear-wheel drive, while the second rides up front and connects the front differential to the transfer case via U-joints.
How to Spot Drive Shaft Problems
Drive shaft components can begin to fail over time. Signs of failure include:
- Difficulty making a turn
- A clunking sound when you shift gears
- A shuddering underbody
- You hear clicking or knocking sounds while you're driving
If you do need to replace or repair a drive shaft component, make sure that you only order the best one for your vehicle. Genuine Subaru drive shaft parts are guaranteed to be compatible with your model, so you can trust their fit and performance. Our online auto parts center has everything you need for the job, in stock and ready to ship out. Order now and save!
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