Your Ford vehicle's drive shaft (a.k.a. drivetrain) converts torque and engine rotation into motive power. As a result, the many parts under your hood can move.
There are four types of drive shafts. Front-wheel drive is the commonest. A FWD system moves a vehicle using its front wheels primarily, and every part is installed up front. Constant velocity (CV) joints connect everything to a differential.
Rear-wheel drive is another kind. An RWD system mainly uses a vehicle's back wheels to move it. Here, the drive shaft links up via universal joints (U-joints) with both the transmission and the differential.
Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are the final kinds. In 4WD and AWD systems, every wheel helps move the vehicle. Both use two drive shafts, and one of them is up front -- it connects to both the front differential and the transfer case via U-joints.
Whichever drive shaft your Ford model has, sooner or later, it'll get old. At that point, it can start to fail. Fortunately, there are signs of a bad drive shaft that you can look for.
- Problems turning, a shuddering underbody, and loud clunks when shifting: these indicate U-joint or coupler wear, that is, if one or the other hasn't gone bad already. You could also have a bad carrier bearing or two.
- Vibrating when accelerating: this indicates possible U-joint looseness.
- Clicking or knocking: this can mean a CV joint has worn out or failed.
In any case, damage generally only gets worse. Luckily, our auto parts store can help.
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