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How much does it cost to lubricate a driveshaft?

You can expect an average total lubrication cost of $75-$95 to lubricate a driveshaft. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to lubricate a driveshaft? In general, it takes around 1-1.5 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if greasing is necessary, then follow through with the procedure. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my driveshaft lubrication and how much do those parts cost?

Here are the main things you’ll need for a driveshaft lubrication:
  1. Driveshaft lube/grease: This is one of the main components you’ll need. The cost can vary based on the brand and quantity, but it usually ranges from $5 to $30 per tube or container.
  2. Grease gun: A grease gun is used to apply the grease to the driveshaft. The cost of a grease gun can range from $15 to $100, depending on the quality and type.
  3. Safety equipment: Depending on the level of protection you desire, you may want to consider wearing gloves and safety glasses while performing the lubrication. The cost of safety equipment varies, but a basic set shouldn’t cost more than $10 or $20.
You can purchase parts for your driveshaft lubrication for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three of our top recommended brands for driveshaft lube or grease are Lucas Oil, Valvoline, and Mobil 1. For grease guns, Lincoln Lubrication, Lumax, and Alemite are our recommendations, and for automotive safety equipment, we recommend brands like 3M, SAS Safety, and Pyramex. Keep in mind that the best parts and brands for your driveshaft lubrication will vary based on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
A damaged driveshaft needs to be replaced quickly and while they may cost more money, OEM products are the best bet. With OEM parts, you can be sure that the driveshaft will fit your specific car and know that it’s covered under warranty in case you face another driveshaft problem.
Most driveshaft replacement parts can be purchased through auto parts and auto repair shops, like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. Additionally, Amazon sells driveshaft assembly kits for a variety of vehicles, ranging from Jeep Wrangler to Dodge Challenger and Toyota RAV4.

Where can I get my driveshaft lubricated?

Finding a reliable mechanic to lubricate your driveshaft can be tricky, especially if you don't have a trusted garage. Luckily, Jerry's
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Jerry's GarageGuard™ provides fair price estimates, considers actual hourly labor costs, and informs you about diagnostic fees. Real customer reviews assist in choosing the best service.
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Zimmerman Automotive LLC
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How will a mechanic lubricate your driveshaft?

A mechanic will often do the following steps when lubricating your driveshaft:
  • Raise the vehicle and support it on jack stands
  • Locate the slip joints and U-joints on all driveshafts
  • Pump new grease into the grease fittings of these parts
  • Wipe away any old grease from the splines
  • Lower the vehicle off the jack stands
Keep in mind: These steps vary depending on your type of driveshaft: CV axle shaft, straight shaft, or solid rear axle. 

Can I drive with an unlubricated driveshaft?

One of the leading causes of driveshaft failure is a lack of lubrication. Driveshafts can fail while in motion, causing more expensive parts surrounding them to fail.
This is why it’s important to stay ahead of our driveshaft’s maintenance to avoid any additional costs in the future. 

What is driveshaft lubrication?

Driveshaft lubrication is the process of applying lube to the moving components of the driveshaft, such as the slip joints and U-joints.
The lube reduces friction between these parts, ensuring smooth movement and preventing excessive wear and tear. Proper driveshaft lubrication helps prevent issues like vibrations, noise, and driveline damage.
Also: If your ignition ignitor is malfunctioning, a mechanic can provide you with a thorough inspection report that includes any repairs that are required during a driveshaft lubrication.

What are the symptoms of an unlubricated driveshaft?

There are a few common warning signs that your driveshaft needs to be lubricated:
  • While the car is in gear, you may hear clicking or grating sounds
  • While the vehicle is running, there’s some vibration

How often should you lubricate a driveshaft?

As a starting point, it's best to grease your driveshaft during every oil change, or every 200 to 500 hours of continuous operation. 
Pro tip: If you go off-roading and run into dirt or water, promptly grease your shaft once you return home. This helps flush out contaminants before they can cause significant damage. 

Is lubricating a driveshaft yourself easy?

Yes, lubricating a driveshaft is an easy DIY job for beginners and those with basic automotive skills. Locate the joints, pump new grease, and wipe away any excess lube. 
If you’re unsure about any of the steps, consult your owner's manual or a mechanic for guidance.

FAQs

When inspecting your driveshaft, you should check for loose end yokes, loose radials, bent shaft tubing, or missing plugs in the slip yoke. Each of these components is important to your driveshaft’s performance so it’s important that they are all in working order. 
If you notice one of the following listed above, contact a mechanic as soon as possible as it could be part of a larger problem.
Driveshafts can fail for several reasons. The most common, however, are worn or insufficiently lubricated u-joints, poor bearings, or loose shafts. Driveshafts can experience usual wear and tear but are more likely to fail due to premature wear and tear from other parts or modifications.
Yes, the yokes on a driveshaft need to be aligned for it to operate properly. If a driveshaft isn’t aligned, it can result in vibrations that can further damage it or destroy the engine.

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