Drive Shafts Buying Guide: Frequently Asked Questions
What Do Drive Shafts Do?
They turn torque and rotary energy from a vehicle's engine into motion -- movement which gets all its many different auto parts going.
What Types of Drive Shafts are There?
Front-wheel drive (FWD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), four-wheel drive (4WD), and all-wheel drive (AWD).
How Does FWD Work?
Using the front wheels to move the vehicle. All parts are installed up front, and constant velocity joints (CV joints) connect to the differential to run everything.
How Does RWD Work?
Using the rear wheels for motive power. The drive shaft connects to the differential at one end and the transmission on the other. It has universal joints (U-joints) instead of CV joints.
How Do 4WD and AWD Work?
Using two drive shafts, with one (up front) connecting to both the front differential and the transfer case by way of U-joints. In these cases, every wheel helps move the vehicle.
What are the Signs of a Bad Drive Shaft?
That depends on the status of the U-joints, coupler, carrier bearings, and CV joints. Trouble turning, a vibrating undercarriage, and loud clunks when shifting usually mean a worn or failing U-joint or coupler or bad carrier bearings. Clicks or knocks, however, usually mean a worn or failing CV joint. A loose U-joint, on the other hand, can show up as shuddering during acceleration.
In any case, further drive shaft damage can follow. Need to buy a new one? Be sure to get the genuine article.
Why Buy a Genuine Lexus Drive Shaft?
It'll come from the brand you love compatible with the car or SUV you love. You may not get the same guarantee from an aftermarket drive shaft.
Where Can I Order OEM Drive Shafts for My Lexus?
Online, here at our auto parts store. Want to find what fits your ride more quickly and easily? All you have to do is browse our catalog by model and model year. Order now, and we'll ship it ASAP, delivering to your doorstep in no time.
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