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How much does a driveshaft replacement cost for Skoda cars?

A typical Skoda driveshaft replacement - front / driver side in the UK costs around £234 - £412. Depending on your Skoda 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 Skoda cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a driveshaft replacement - front / driver side costs. Skoda driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side costs on average £234 - £412.
Car modelFixter price range
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Fabia£241 - £378
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Fabia£241 - £378
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Octavia III£262 - £412
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Octavia III£262 - £412
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Fabia II£234 - £367
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Fabia II£234 - £367
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Citigo£241 - £378
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Citigo£241 - £378
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Kodiaq£262 - £412
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Kodiaq£262 - £412
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Skoda Octavia£255 - £401
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Skoda Octavia£255 - £401

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Our expert insights into driveshaft replacement

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 Skoda 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.

Skoda

Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.

In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.

Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.

The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.

Great value, solid, sensible motoring

With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.

They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.

Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets

There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.

The Skoda Citigoe iV

Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.

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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