How to Replace a Drive Shaft

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Drive Shaft . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Driveshaft
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Pry Bar
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $380.44 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $512.16 parts and labor

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  • Park the vehicle on a flat surface and make certain the vehicle won’t roll away once lifted with jack.
  • Raise the vehicle with floor jack. It is better to secure the vehicle on jack stands to ensure your safety while working under the vehicle.
  • Mark reference line from the rear end of the driveshaft to the companion flange. This will help you reinstalling them properly later.
  • Take the U-bolts or U-clamps away and remove the rear universal joints from the pinion flange. Use tape on the loose bearing caps to avoid them from falling.
  • Slide the driveshaft from the transmission out.
  • Have a good look of the seal inside the transmission case extension. If it is damaged, replace it with new one.
  • Fix the new driveshaft into the transmission and reinstall the front yoke in such away that the splines come in line with transmission shaft.
  • Taking help from the reference mark you draw earlier, align the driveshaft properly with companion flange. Make it safe with U-bolts or U-clamps.

Further Reading

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2 Responses to How to Replace a Drive Shaft

  1. Jeremy says:

    The picture shows a set of driveshafts for a front wheel drive, but it seems to be about changing the driveshaft that goes to the rear diff?

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