In this guide, you will find instructions on how to replace a drive shaft constant velocity (CV) joint. CV joints are used on many modern vehicles including BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, Land Rover etc.
Note that some vehicles use Universal joint or U joints instead of CV joint for the drive shaft.
A common symptom of failed driveshaft joint is vibrations that can be noticed at speeds as low as 30 mph.
Replacing a drive shaft cv joint takes about 2 to 3 hours. It requires the removal of the drive shaft from the vehicle. Disassembly of the cv joint and installation of the cv joint.
While it is possible to replace the cv joint only as shown in this guide, your dealer may recommend replacement of the driveshaft which comes with new cv joints. The drive shaft does not fail as frequently and replacing the drive shaft is not necessary in many cases.
Replacing only the propeller shaft cv joint is cost effective as well. Replacing the drive shaft can cost over $1000 while replacing just the cv joints costs between $300-$500. DIY cost is typically the cost of the materials which means the cost of a new drive shaft cv joint which in most cases ranges between $100-$200.