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How much does a driveshaft replacement cost for Nissan cars?

A typical Nissan driveshaft replacement - front / driver side in the UK costs around £249 - £458. Depending on your Nissan model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a driveshaft replacement - front / driver side on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Nissan cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a driveshaft replacement - front / driver side costs. Nissan driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side costs on average £249 - £458.
Car modelFixter price range
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan Qashqai£284 - £447
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan Qashqai£284 - £447
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan Juke£277 - £436
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan Juke£277 - £436
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan Micra£263 - £413
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan Micra£263 - £413
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan Qashqai+2£291 - £458
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan Qashqai+2£291 - £458
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan Note£249 - £391
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan Note£249 - £391
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Nissan X-Trail£263 - £413
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Nissan X-Trail£263 - £413

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What does a driveshaft do?

The driveshaft isn’t a single part in your car, but rather a series of rod-like components. These parts work together to transfer the rotational power produced in your engine to your wheels so your car can move. Essentially, your driveshaft allows you to drive!

What are the symptoms of a bad driveshaft?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your driveshaft:

  • Scraping, squeaking and rattling sounds from underneath your car.

  • Intense vibrations coming from underneath the car.

  • A significant shudder when accelerating from low speed or a stopped position.

What happens during a driveshaft replacement?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely jack the car so they can inspect the driveshaft.

  • Replace the faulty or damaged driveshaft if necessary.

  • Check any related components and advise if any need to be replaced.

  • Double check the drive assembly and test drive the car.

  • Make any final adjustments, if needed.

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Hey Fixter, what causes a driveshaft to break?

Accidents, bumps or potholes on the road can cause damage to the driveshaft. In most cases, when the driveshaft becomes damaged the car will become very bumpy and difficult to handle.

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Want to learn more about Nissan driveshaft replacement?

What does a driveshaft do?

A driveshaft is essentially the component that “drives” a car by transferring power from a car’s engine to its wheels. It has a tubular design and is usually made from aluminium, steel or carbon fibre to ensure it's both strong and lightweight.

Front-wheel drive vehicles don’t usually have driveshafts. However, because in four wheel and rear wheel drive vehicles the gearbox and differential are separate units, the driveshaft is needed to transmit the turning motion of the gearbox to the differential. As the output shaft of the gearbox rotates it spins the driveshaft, which then turns the differential ring gear to rotate the wheels.

Driveshafts are a very precisely balanced and weighted component because they rotate at very high speeds in order to turn the wheels. When the driveshaft has an issue, it can instantly affect the drivability of the vehicle.

Nissan

The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer, established over 85 years ago, in 1933.

Currently, they operate as part of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance, incorporating two other industry giants under their umbrella operation.

Nissan has always been a popular household name, and recently a bestseller to boot, with around 1.7million vehicles on the UK roads today.

Their introduction to the SUV market happened in 2007 with the Qashqai, and in 2018 it was announced as the 4th best-selling car in the UK.

Stylish well-priced cars for the road, off-road and the track

Nissan’s various sized and styled SUVs are well priced with something for both urban and adventure seeking drivers. The British built Nissan Qashqai has made great waves since its introduction and its smaller compact crossover cousin, the Nissan Juke, isn’t going to be too far behind for long.

Nissan’s latest electric models

The Nissan Leaf is an all-electric compact hatchback that is leading the way in this fast-growing and competitive market. It became the world’s best selling electric car in 2014, holding 45% of the all-electric car market.

Nissan’s second zero emissions vehicle is the E-NV200 Combi, a 5- or 7-seater MPV utilising the same technologies as the ground- and record-breaking Leaf.

The Nissan GT-R: true track performance

With increased torque and horsepower, the latest GT-R delivers up to 3.8-litres of twin-turbo V6 performance, an incredibly clean drag coefficient providing more consistent downforce, and utilising Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control to consistently monitor steering and braking, this Nissan technology automatically makes compensations to oversteer, understeer, engine speed and braking to provide maximum performance with minimum effort.

And if you can’t quite stretch to the £80k+ price tag for your performance sports car, then the Nissan 370Z could be a more affordable option starting at the lower base price of £29k.

How often should a driveshaft need replacing?

There is no set lifespan of a driveshaft, but it shouldn’t need to be replaced for at least 75,000 miles, unless it gets damaged. It’s important to note that this can vary a lot depending on the car, driving style and habits. The driveshaft will need to be replaced sooner if it gets damaged. Because driveshafts are very precisely balanced and weighted, when there is an issue, it will instantly affect the drivability of the car.

What happens during a driveshaft repair?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely jack the car so they can inspect the driveshaft.

  • Replace the faulty or damaged driveshaft if necessary.

  • Check any related components and advise if any need to be replaced.

  • Double check the drive assembly and test drive the car.

  • Make any final adjustments, if needed.

What causes a driveshaft to break?

Since drive shafts must rotate very quickly in order to do their job, they must remain weighted down and balanced exactly right. Therefore even the slightest damage will prevent the drive shafts from operating properly. This damage is usually due to an accident or can occur whilst driving over a bump or pothole. In most cases, when the driveshaft becomes damaged the car will become very bumpy and difficult to handle.

When should a driveshaft be replaced?

While there is no set lifespan of a driveshaft, it shouldn’t need to be replaced for at least 75,000 miles. It’s important to note that this can vary a lot depending on the car, driving style and habits.

The driveshaft will need to be replaced sooner if it gets damaged. Because driveshafts are very precisely balanced and weighted, when there is an issue, it will instantly affect the drivability of the car.

What are the symptoms of a bad driveshaft?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • Scraping, squeaking and rattling sounds from underneath your car.

  • Problems when turning your car is a tell-tale sign of a bad driveshaft.

  • Intense vibrations coming from underneath the car.

  • A significant shudder when accelerating from low speed or a stopped position.

What happens during a driveshaft repair?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Safely jack the car so they can inspect the driveshaft.

  • Replace the faulty or damaged driveshaft if necessary.

  • Check any related components and advise if any need to be replaced.

  • Double check the drive assembly and test drive the car.

  • Make any final adjustments, if needed.

What is the average life of a driveshaft?

There is no set lifespan of a driveshaft, but it shouldn’t need to be replaced for at least 75,000 miles, unless it gets damaged. It’s important to note that this can vary a lot depending on the car, driving style and habits.

Can you drive with a bad driveshaft?

Driving with a bad driveshaft is not recommended. A damaged or faulty driveshaft will severely affect the drivability of your vehicle, making it very difficult to handle and potentially dangerous on the roads. If your driveshaft is damaged you will experience issues when turning, shuddering when accelerating and intense vibrations when driving.

What happens if you don't replace a bad driveshaft?

Failing to replace a bad driveshaft could result in further, more expensive, damage to the car. If you begin to experience any of the above symptoms, we recommend having your driveshaft inspected and replaced if necessary. Having your car regularly serviced will ensure that any issues related to the driveshaft are picked up and dealt with early.

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