The drive shaft in your Lexus car or SUV is responsible for taking the torque and rotation of the engine and transforming it into the motion that moves your luxury vehicle. Of course, you may call it a drivetrain instead. Either name, it does the same thing: get your wheels rolling so you can be on your way.
Types of Drive Shafts
There are four kinds of drivetrains. Most common is front-wheel drive. In this set up, the drive shaft components are all placed up front. Constant velocity (CV) joints connect everything to a differential, and your front wheels move your vehicle.
With rear-wheel drive, however, the back wheels move the system. That means your vehicle has a long drive shaft that connects your transmission to a differential via universal joints.
The last two types of drivetrains, four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, are very similar in their set-up. They both depend on all four wheels to move your vehicle. That means you have two drive shafts installed, one up front and one in the rear. Universal joints connect the front shaft to the front differential and a transfer case; the drivetrain at the rear of your vehicle is set up just like that of a rear-wheel drive model.
How to Spot Drive Shaft Problems
Drive shafts can eventually start to fail, due to either age or wear and tear of the daily commute. Signs of this include:
- Intense vibrations as you're accelerating
- A shuddering vehicle underbody
- Loud clunks when you change gears
- Knocking or clicking sounds
- Trouble executing turns
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