The A-Z on Prop Shafts

Prop shafts deliver the power from our engine to the drive on your vehicle. They certainly take a beating. This is true whether you take your vehicle on an extreme off road track in African terrain, or just an easy Sunday afternoon drive in your neighbourhood. There are a few things you can do to minimise the damage to your prop shaft components, and get the most value out of it.

In order to do this, you need a greater understanding of your vehicles prop shaft. Let’s take a look at some of the most important components of the prop shaft, and find out why you should care about them.

Universal Joints
The universal joints are perhaps the weakest part of your prop shaft’s components, and need frequent tender loving care. It’s difficult to determine how often a universal joint needs to be greased, as it all depends on the operating conditions. Those driving through mud, water or dusty tracks need to grease it more frequently, than those who don’t.

Prop Shaft Clearance
Prop shafts need plenty of room to operate at its widest section, which is where its universal joints come into play. The tubing, with a diameter anywhere between 51mm to 120mm plus, depending on the shaft’s length, requires enough clearance while operating.

Talk to us the next time you need prop shafts or advise on prop shafts. We’ve been South Africa’s leader in prop shafts, prop shaft components, universal joints and CV joints.