Used Drive Shaft (Mechanical)

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Drive Shaft (Front/Rear) is one of the significant parts in vehicles. This shaft connects transmission output shaft to differential pinion shaft. Power from transmission to differential is transmitted by driveshaft. It is usually found on rear-drive vehicles. Drive Shaft (Front/Rear) also has one universal joint on the either end, known as propeller shaft. Thus, it is used for transferring power from engine to the place where work is applied.

Torque is carried by drive shafts. Thus, they should be stronger to bear stress, as torsion and shear stress are subjected to them. These days, rigid drive shafts are used in automobiles to transfer power from transmission to wheel. In order to send power from central differential, transmission, transaxle, a pair of short drive shafts are used. If the vehicle is front-engine, rear-drive then longer Drive Shaft (Front/Rear) will be needed to send power. Two forms are immensely popular among people. They are the torque tube with single universal joint and Hotchkiss drive with two joints.

In earlier automobiles, chain drive or belt drive was used instead of drive shaft. Electrical generators and motors were also used for transferring of power to wheels. Thus, you can improve the vehicle’s performance by installing drive shaft (front/rear) in it.

You can check the condition of drive shaft (Front/Rear) by applying following technique. One propeller shaft to rear wheel is always present in rear-drive or 4-WD. There are a few 4WD having propeller shaft on both the axles. On each side of universal joint, grab the shaft tightly and twist in both directions. If it is twisting easily that means the joint is worn and need immediate replacement.

Now, turn prop shaft backwards and forward, where it enters into transmission or transfer case. If you feel a free play within prop shaft and mating shaft that means end section of prop shaft is worn out and needs immediate replacement. In case, prop shaft is too long, it might be supported in mid with a center bearing assembly. Check out for any loose mount by turning prop shaft, as you experience roughness in bearing assembly.

If everything is tight, remove mud or dirt placed in universal joints. Lubricate it with U-joint grease fitting.

Avoid buying new drive shaft, as it would be quite expensive. You may opt for used drive shaft. There is no need to bother about its durability, as they are made up of high quality.

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Used 1994 Ford F-150 Pickup drive shaft
1994 Ford F-150 Pickup
Regular Cab, V-8, Other, 5-Speed-Std, 4x2
drive shaft
drive shaft 5 speed trans short box std cab
council bluffs, Iowa 51534
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Used 1996 Subaru Impreza Driveshaft/propeller shaft
1996 Subaru Impreza
Wagon, 4-Cyl, Gas/Injection, Automatic-OD, AWD
Driveshaft/propeller shaft
58" overall length
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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Used 2008 Jeep Commander Driveshaft
2008 Jeep Commander
Sport Utility, V-6, Gas/Injection, Automatic, 4x4
Hobbs, New Mexico 88240
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Used 1980 Chevrolet / Chevy C20 Pickup driveshaft
1980 Chevrolet / Chevy C20 Pickup
Pickup, V-8, Gas/Carburetor, Automatic, 4x4
Pontotoc, Mississippi 38863
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Used 2001 Chevrolet / Chevy Silverado 1500 drive shaft
2001 Chevrolet / Chevy Silverado 1500
Crew Cab, V-8, Gas/Injection, Automatic-OD, 4x2
drive shaft
this is a 2 piece drive shaft
sorrento, Florida 32776
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Used 2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Drive Shaft
2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Extended Cab, Straight-6, Gas/Carburetor, Automatic, RWD
Drive Shaft
Waco, Texas 76710
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Used 1987 Dodge B250 VAN Drive shaft
1987 Dodge B250 VAN
Conversion, V-8, Gas/Carburetor, Automatic, RWD
Drive shaft
Drive shaft between rear of transmission and differential
Mobile, Alabama 36605
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Used 2002 Chevrolet / Chevy C2500 Pickup DRIVE SHAFT
2002 Chevrolet / Chevy C2500 Pickup
Pickup, V-8, Gas/Injection, Automatic-OD, 4x4
Rochester, New York 14623
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Used 2006 Subaru Outback Drive shaft
2006 Subaru Outback
Wagon, 4-Cyl, Gas/Injection, 5-Speed-Std, AWD
Drive shaft
Royalson, Massachusetts 01368
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Used 1981 Chevrolet / Chevy EL Camino drive shaft
1981 Chevrolet / Chevy EL Camino
Pickup, V-8, Gas/Carburetor, Automatic-OD, RWD
drive shaft
marion, Kentucky 42064
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