May 26, 2017

Summer Driveshaft Checklist & Upgrades

Summer is the perfect time to kick off exciting road trips to your favorite travel destinations. Pack your bags, gas up the truck and…check your driveshaft? Yes!

Frequent traveling may require driveshaft maintenance sooner than expected. Use this guide to make sure your driveshaft assembly is ready to handle all your summer adventures.

1. Inspect the driveshaft:

  • Check for any damage to the tube and weld yokes.​​​​​​​
  • Examine the integrity of the welds in the driveshaft assembly.
  • Check u-joints for excessive play.
  • Inspect hanger bearing for any cracks or tears in bushing, and excessive play.

*Recommended upgrade: Install a one-piece 5" aluminum driveshaft built with Sonnax components to achieve superior strength and dependability.

2. Examine the slip yoke:

  • Check for wear at the u-joints and journal seal.
  • Confirm all bearing retainer clips are installed correctly.
  • Ensure the internal splines properly engage the output shaft.
  • Inspect the tail shaft's seal and bushing to confirm that there are no leaks, and that no contaminants are entering the transmission or transfer case which may cause damage.

*Recommended upgrade: Install Sonnax performance slip yokes to achieve greater strength, a superior seal, exceptional balance, and minimal runout.

Have questions? Contact a Sonnax driveline representative today!

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