Used Front Drive ShaftUsed Front Drive Shaft

The term ‘drive shaft’ was used as early as the 1800’s for a horse-drawn mower, as well as for a planing and matching machine driven by a belt (a device that trimmed wood). A used front drive shaft for an automobile, designed for resilience and flexibility, can be hollow or solid. It is constructed of metal – cast iron, aluminum or steel. The drive shaft is a cylindrically shaped mechanism bordered by yokes on either side and is a fundamental part of a vehicle that operates by a rotational momentum.

The power of a used front drive shaft is similar to a mild tornado and functions cohesively with adjacent mechanisms: U-joints, roller bearings, snap rings, flange yokes, fixed yokes, U-bolts, and lock plates as well as others.

For the majority of cars, the driveshaft is a single tube used to bridge mechanisms on opposite sides of a motor vehicle. The position between the driveshaft and the wheels can fluctuate as the car reacts to the diverse terrain. Very often it is linked to the drive train and the combined forces of these instruments propel the wheels into motion.

Interestingly, the drive shaft which is connected to the differentials plays a role in maintaining an integrated movement of the vehicle when the rotations of the wheels vary – for example while making a turn. When turning left, the left wheels require fewer cycles than the right wheels and therefore the right wheels will have a higher number of revolutions. When a drive shaft is joined to the rear differential via the gear box, it is called a propeller shaft.

What Vehicles Require Front Drive Shafts

Vehicles with front-wheel-drive are the most popular for passenger cars. They are not constructed with the typical drive shafts. Rather, energy is disseminated from the engine to a transaxle, or the power can come from the combined forces of the drive axle and transmission.

Cars with front engine rear-wheel-drive RWD, and almost all four-wheel-drive automobiles FWD, have drive shafts. However, since the 1980’s the four-wheel-drive such as the Jeep Wrangler and the all-wheel-drive AWD, such as the Subaru Outback have grown in popularity. People have found this vehicle responsive on all types of terrain. The four wheels accommodate the driver on glazed, rocky, muddy or glassy landscape, allowing the driver to shift to the front or to the back wheels for better traction. These vehicles are built with both the rear drive, as well as the front drive shaft.

Why a Used Front Drive Shaft May be Better

It is important to know that the manual and automatic transmissions of the same model car have drive shafts that differ. When searching for a front drive shaft, be sure that the model number and part number match the original. Even the bearing sizes can vary. A drive shaft from a 6 cylinder model is not compatible with a 4 cylinder vehicle of the same car. An auto can have several selections and therefore a different drive shaft for each.

Finding a reputable dealer that offers high quality used front drive shafts is a choice you may want to consider.