How To Avoid Replacing The Drive Shaft23 September 2009
Replacing a drive shaft on a vehicle can cost hundreds of pounds. It's a common vehicle repair that motorists can avoid by carrying out a simple Do-It-yourself check that takes a couple of minutes.
The Drive Shaft is the bar that drives the wheels of a vehicle. Rubber gaiters are located at each end of these shafts. These gaiters prevent water from damaging the bearings at the end of the drive shaft, commonly known as the CV Joint. The rubber drive shaft gaiters can tear and regularly fail the annual MOT test. Once moisture has gone past the gaiter the drive shaft will normally need to replaced within weeks.
The first signs of drive shaft damage will be a clicking or knocking noise, especially when turning a bend. When this happens the damage is already done. To avoid this problem look for signs of wear, cracking or splits in the rubber gaiters that protect the joints on the drive shaft. If in doubt, replacement of the gaiters is recommended to avoid the cost of the complete Drive Shaft.
A Drive Shaft gaiter kit is available that can be fitted without using any tools or needing to remove any other parts whatsoever. The Split Drive Shaft gaiter repair kit is supplied complete with everything needed to carry out the job in around 15 minutes.
The kit includes a replacement rubber gaiter that has a tongue and grooved seam. Also included is a knife to remove the old gaiter, grease, ties and a special adhesive to seal the new boot in minutes. The kit also includes latex gloves and full Do-It-Yourself instructions. The gaiter is universal and designed fit most vehicles on the road. Having a single gaiter fitted at the dealers can cost up-to a £100 each.
Mail order specialist, Car Parts Direct supplies the 'Easy Fit Drive Shaft Gaiter kit' at a cost of £17.57. If you've left it too late to replace your gaiter and require a replacement drive shaft or CV Joint, a full range is also available at around half the price of a franchised dealer.