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How much does a driveshaft replacement cost for Toyota cars?

A typical Toyota driveshaft replacement - front / driver side in the UK costs around £269 - £490. Depending on your Toyota 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 Toyota cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a driveshaft replacement - front / driver side costs. Toyota driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side costs on average £269 - £490.
Car modelFixter price range
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota Yaris£269 - £423
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota Yaris£269 - £423
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota Aygo£283 - £445
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota Aygo£283 - £445
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota Auris£276 - £434
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota Auris£276 - £434
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota RAV4£283 - £445
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota RAV4£283 - £445
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota Prius£312 - £490
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota Prius£312 - £490
Driveshaft replacement - front / driver side for Toyota Corolla£290 - £456
Driveshaft replacement - front / passenger side for Toyota Corolla£290 - £456

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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 Toyota 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.

Toyota

The Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer, established in 1937, over 80 years ago.

Toyota was the first manufacturer to produce more than 10million vehicles a year, and it has continued to do so since 2012. There are currently 1.7million on the roads in the UK—a number that has shown consistent growth since their introduction to the UK market.

High-quality motoring—right across the board

Toyota’s current range features luxury saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs, all of which are receiving the steady design upgrade from what were once sensible and steady looking vehicles, into sleeker looking executive sports lines, capable of turning heads at every junction.

Toyota: Market leaders in all-electric and hybrid motoring

Worldwide, Toyota is the market leader in hybrid electric vehicle sales. It’s introduction of the Prius in 1997, the first commercially mass-produced vehicle of its kind, set them on their way as leaders in the field. The UK is no exception, as there are over 80k Prius models on our roads.

There’s more to Toyota than good economy and sensible motoring

As much as the modern market leans towards family SUV motoring and super efficient hybrid fuel economy, don’t be fooled into thinking Toyota is stuck into a single groove.

For those who want more excitement than economy from their driving experience, Toyota makes a selection of cars with much more clout than their sensible city options.

Grab a Toyota GR Supra and you’ll be propelled from 0–62mph in 4.3 seconds using every ounce of its 335bhp. If you want a car that was built for fun and have a spare £52k to lose, then why not put one on your shopping list? As with other Toyota models, it offers great value for the amount of car you’ll be getting.

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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