Auto Systems and Repair: Universal Joint

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Vibration or shudder when driving, especially upon acceleration
  • Squeaking or clunking sound while driving

Related Repair Advice

  • When having a U joint replaced, we recommend replacing all of the joints at the same time
  • "Single" style U joints are commonly serviced by repair technicians in the shop. A driveshaft using a "double cardan" style, which is basically two single U joints in an assembly, are commonly replaced as a unit or sent to a driveline specialist to be rebuilt.
  • Modification of the vehicle ride height can change the driveshaft angle. This can result in abnormal driveshaft vibration and excessive U joint wear