Your factory Nissan drive shaft might get called a drivetrain occasionally, but its job is far more important than its name. It turns torque and engine rotation into motion, helping to move all the parts under the hood that get your vehicle going. There are four types of drivetrains. Front-wheel drive is one. It primarily moves your car using its front wheels, and every part is installed in front. Constant velocity joints ("CV joints") connect everything to your differential. Rear-wheel drive is another. It primarily uses your vehicle's back wheels for motive power. Here, your drive shaft links up to your transmission and differential using universal joints ("U-joints"). Four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are the final types. Every wheel helps move your vehicle here. These systems use two drive shafts. The one up front connects to both your front differential and your transfer case, and it does it using U-joints.
Common Drive Shaft Problems
Whichever drive shaft your Nissan has, it can get old and break down sooner or later. Luckily, there are signs you can look for. Having trouble turning? Is your underbody shuddering? Do you hear a loud clunk when shifting? A U-joint or coupler could be wearing out if it hasn't failed already. You could have bad carrier bearings, too. Does your vehicle vibrate during acceleration? You might have a loose U-joint. Do you hear clicking or knocking? Both can mean a worn CV joint, or a failed one. In any case, damage will only lead to more damage.
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