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In two wheel drive and all wheel drive cars, it is the drive shaft that transfers power from the engine to the wheels to distribute them between the two wheels. In some cars, the drive shaft connects to a transaxle (a rear-mounted gearbox and differential), but in most cars it transfers power from the gearbox attached to the engine into the front to a differential on the back.
Following are the symptoms of the faulty or broken drive shaft:
Although the drive shaft itself does not usually wear out over time, it can be damaged. Usually due to an accident or because the axle was damaged, it will drive over a bump or through a pothole. In many cases like this, the car becomes practically impossible to drive with loud knocking noises.
Addressing driveline issues in a timely and professional manner is key to avoiding additional and more costly damage to the car. If you experience drive shaft, cv joint, drive shaft seal, or cv gaiter problems, it is advisable to inspect it and, if necessary, replace the drive shaft.
Repair of the drive shaft will depend on the make and model of the vehicle.
A typical mid-priced brand like Ford, Fiat, Hyundai, Honda, peugeot, vauxhall or hyundai can cost between £ 260 and £ 550 at an authorized dealer.
If you drive a luxury model like a Lexus, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes or BMW, then you can expect prices to rise anywhere up to £ 450– £ 950.
At the top end of the scale, for those of you lucky enough to drive a Porsche, Lotus, or Jaguar, you can expect to pay up to £ 1600– £ 2500 for the job.