Well that was fun. Coming home from a show on Sunday, I was on the highway doing around 70. All of a sudden I felt this shudder, and then a BANG and all hell broke loose under the car. I pulled over as fast I could. I peeked under the car and could see that my drive shaft was MIA and that the transmission was leaking pretty bad, that was about it. So, I called the tow truck.


Once I got home, I started my investigation at the rear. The u-joint flange yoke had one ear snapped off.

The exhaust was mangled by the whipping drive shaft pretty good.

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This is the remainder of my drive shaft. The shaft had the slip joint built in, this nub is all that held on. See how the mounting bolts are at a weird angle? The transmission mount is bent down, and the tail shaft area is cracked real bad. That’s where it was gushing fluid from.

The crack:

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Gnarly right? Well, moving forward to the bell housing I found this. Peek a boo, I see you torque converter!


Passenger side:

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Driver side:

Moral of my story: Get a drive shaft loop. While it would not have prevented this (my internet know-it-all sources think it was a faulty drive shaft) the damage probably would have been less severe.

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-Beau