Universal joints, or u-joints, are essential to the reliable and safe functioning of a vehicle. While this small part can easily be overlooked, failure to replace a deteriorating u-joint can quickly take a vehicle off the road with transmission damage. Regular maintenance and knowing the warning signs can help identify failing u-joints before they become
Many vehicles use a “staked” universal joint, which means it is welded or locked in place.
Driveshaft problems can be spotted from the moment you put the vehicle in gear to pull it into a bay. As the power is transmitted from the transmission to the rear axle, the slack from worn or damaged components is taken up, resulting in a sudden crunch or pop. Once the vehicle is moving, you