Last post on Dec 18, 2009 at 5:34 PM
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Hyundai Santa Fe, SUV
#1 of 8 Replace Sante Fe driveshaft, not just the U-joint??
Dec 16, 2009 (1:27 pm)
I have a 2005 santa fe AWD with the 3.5L engine and 5 speed auto transmission - my mechanic tells me that the vibration I feel is from a bad u-joint and that the entire driveshaft must be replaced, that the u-joint itself cannot be replaced or repaired. Is this correct?
Dec 17, 2009 (1:34 pm)
Are you sure he's not talking about a CV shaft? That's a front wheel "drive shaft".
If so, yes, replace the whole shaft.
If he's talking about the drive shaft to the rear axle, I bet that's not the problem.
#3 of 8 Re: axle? [espo35]
Dec 18, 2009 (8:44 am)
Yes, he is definately talking about the driveshaft - to the rear differential. Curious why you say that the drive shaft is not the problem - what do you think would cause the vibration? I recently bought the car and am unfamiliar with AWD vehicles.
#4 of 8 Re: axle? [tcjeff]
Dec 18, 2009 (9:03 am)
I've never seen a bad driveshaft or u-joint on ANY AWD Hyundai..
When and where do you feel the vibration?
#5 of 8 Re: axle? [espo35]
Dec 18, 2009 (9:33 am)
I felt some vibration, sort of like what you may feel if the tires weren't balanced - it's the mechanic who came up with the bad u-joint theory but now I am beginning to wonder if he really knows what he is talking about.
#6 of 8 Re: axle? [tcjeff]
Dec 18, 2009 (12:33 pm)
Do you feel the vibration in the steering wheel?
Is it speed-related?
#7 of 8 Re: axle? [espo35]
Dec 18, 2009 (5:08 pm)
I feel the vibration in the steering wheel, but it is not severe...like I said, it's like a couple tires are out of balance or it's like you're driving on a gravel road instead of a paved road. It seems to smooth out above 45 mph or so.
#8 of 8 Re: axle? [tcjeff]
Dec 18, 2009 (5:34 pm)
If you feel it in the steering wheel, you can eliminate the driveshaft. Try having the tires rotated and see if it changes.