Machine Elements & Parts

Drive Shaft Slip Yoke – Applications and Common Breakdowns

Drive Shaft Slip Yokes

Drive shaft slip yoke is an important part of the different kinds of car applications. And they are generally Cardan shafts that are so common in-car applications. Here you can find detailed information about these parts and the general applications.

What is Drive Shaft Slip Yoke?

Drive shaft slip yoke mechanism.

They are the vital parts of AWD, 4WD RWD cars that are responsible for the transmission of power between the powertrain and the wheels. If we take a look at the structures of the drive shaft slip yoke, we can see the yoke structure that it has. The Y shape of the shaft connects with about shaft with a pin. So, this pin allows radial rotate the shaft while transmitting power between these systems.

The most important purpose of them, they provide power transmission to wheels in rough road conditions. Wheels are moving up and down in a very irregular way. And the power transmissioın must be very good that allows these wheels to move smoothly without any problem. So, this movement of the wheels is alleviated with the drive shaft slip yoke.

If we use a strict shaft for the power transmission, we will probably have structural problems while driving our cars.

Problems with the Drive Shaft Slip Yoke

If you look below at the car that you have you can see the drive shaft slip-yoke assembly in a very clear way. So, you can easily assess if this part is working well. Because this is the part that carries nearly all the load. You need to be sure if the drive shaft slip yoke is in good condition or not.

Sound Coming from Yokes

This is the most common symptom that you need to change the drive shaft slip yoke with the new one. Once your brake stops and suddenly gas, you will hear a crunch sound that comes from the underside of the vehicle. This is probably because of the corroded and worn drive shaft slip yoke. The assembly between the pins and the yokes becomes loosened.

In this case, you need to change this part with the new one. And also the new cars do not have these kinds of problems. Because the design of these parts is generally very long-lasting. If your car has high mileage, you need to check the yokes if you want to be sure.

Rusty Yokes

If the appearance of the yokes is rusty, it means that it needs maintenance. So you need to make the maintenance of it.

First of all, you need to lubricate the connection between the yokes. Without any lubrication, you will probably have a very big problem with the power transmission. And if it is not lubricated well, probably it will wear out and harm the connection between the differential and the power shaft.

Vibrations at Take Off and on Torque

There are different kinds of causes of vibrations in vehicles. But if you are suspicious about these system that you have, and if you have vibrations while you are talking off and on torque, you can easily say that you have a problem with the yoke mechanism that you have. So, you need to take your car to a mechanic.

Tire Alignment is Very Important

Drive train.

If you want to take care of the health of the drişve shaft slip yoke, you need to take care of the tire alignment of your car. This is very important in terms of the other elements of the drivetrain and powertrain of your car.

You need to check the tire alignment in specific periods to be sure about them. Also, you need to inflate your tires with the same pressure for each wheel. And use the same types and models of tires every time.

Replacement Costs of the Drive Shaft Slip Yoke

They are the main parts of the car drivetrain. And ripping off them require very hard laborship and expertise. Probably you can not make it on your own.

For an average car, the cost of them is around $50-500. It changes according to the original and aftermarket or not. And also, the labor will require around $200 to change it. Because the calişbrationa in alignment is a very important parameter while dealing with the slip yokes in general.

So you will probably pay up to $500 to change this part of your car. So, it is very important to apply the general maintenance rules that we stated above.

Also, some cars and vehicles have more than 1 drive shaft slip yoke. If your car is rear-wheel drive, you probably have more than 1. So, you can have problems with both of them in general.

You can also find these kinds of CV joints in the steering system that you have. They are very important to rotate the wheels while you are rotating the different kinds of wheels.

Last Words

As you see above, the drive shaft slip yoke is a very important part of the drive train of the vehicles. And replacement costs of these systems can be very high. If you do not want to pay lots of money for the replacement, you just need to apply some kind of maintenance.

  • Lubricate the yokes properly.
  •  Check for the symptoms to take measurements.

These are the general points that we can explain about these parts. If you have additional questions or comments, leave them below.

Uğur Uygun

Hello everyone, I am Uğur. I am a mechanical engineer who has experience in different R&D departments of HVAC companies. With my best friend, I decided to build this website to share out knowledge and experience. And also, I am interested in automotive. So, I am writing about automotive and automotive-related articles here. Sharing my knowledge and experiences on these topics is a very big pleasure for me. I am willing to answer all of the questions people have about these topics.

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