Two Piece Driveline?

Discussion in 'GM Powertrain' started by blueZ71, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. blueZ71

    blueZ71 Rockstar 100 Posts

    Hey I've got a 2000 silverado ext cab z71. I recently had a driveline clunking problem when accelerating from a dead stop. I took it into the tranny shop to have them regrease the slip-yoke under warranty, which did not fix the problem. The guy took my driveline off and shook it back and forth for me, apparently this is the clunking noise I'm hearing. He priced out a new driveline at 660 plus install and tax would be 750. Anyone have any thoughts on this? I don't think I'm tearing anything up by driving it how it is. Just the inside piece of my driveline is bouncing around.. If anyone does think I should replace it the question is then aftermarket or oem? And where to buy it? Thanks guys.
  2. cascott325

    cascott325 Epic Member 5+ Years 1000 Posts

    i have a 2000 silverado, but i dont have a 2 piece drive shaft if thats what you are talking about. i still have a clunk sound, so i dont think thats it. could be wrong though
  3. dangerous dave

    dangerous dave New Member

    i guess i don't understand do you have 2 drive shafts if so then there is a carrier bearing, that could be the you have any vidrations on throttle if so when you cast does it stop, or maybe the opposite vibration at coast smooth under power. climb under the truck and garb the shaft any lateral movement, if so check the carrier if you have one the rubber inside should look intact, also check to see if it is centered in the carrier. if you have a slip yoke try twisting is seperate from the shaft the splines could be worn ( not common) if problems get a reputable driveline company in your area to make a new one . i had one built for a bronco for under $140 and that included new ujoints and they even pressed them in. might also just be a bad u joint. i don't know your mechanical expertise but driveline problems are fairly simple to fix..also make sure that if you have a shaft made u balance it with the ujoints in and if possible give them the yokes from the trans and rear to balance also..let me know if this this helps
  4. thatjerk01

    thatjerk01 Rockstar

    try jacking up the back of the truck. and move a tire back and fourth and see if u hear it. i had a clunking noise in my truck and it was the rear differential.
  5. blueZ71

    blueZ71 Rockstar 100 Posts

    I took the driveline completely out of the truck and shook it back and forth and something internal is clunking around. There is an outer shell which I can feel is hollow, the u joints and spline are attached to this outer shell. According the the guy at the transmission shop, there is another tube inside the driveshaft for god knows what reason; structural integrity maybe? The splines on the slip-yoke mate up perfectly, there is no play whatsoever. No lateral play either when the driveline is installed.

    I guess what I'm asking is does anyone know for sure if the 2000 z71's came with a two piece driveshaft and/or where do I go to get an aftermarket one for less than 650 dollars? I know in drag vehicles people will install aluminum drive shafts because of weight and strength advantages; I would like to do something like this but google hasn't returned anything and local shops that I've called up are clueless. Thanks!
  6. dangerous dave

    dangerous dave New Member

    you want to fork out for an aluminum driveshaft call denny's driveshaft google that if they ain't got in stock they'll make it. they do steel too
  7. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    The inner tube is to strengthen the unit.
    If you dont get it fixed it'll eventually cause additional damage to the trans or rear end as it's rotating around off-balance with the center tube flopping around loosely inside.
    I know theres got to be a couple good driveshaft shops in Arizona with all the guys that build custom rock crawlers and desert runners out there. Find out who the local off-road guys are using and have a new custom shaft built. Using your yokes they should be able to weld one together for a couple hundred dollars, OEM is always overpriced.
    I know Dallas Driveline and Drive shaft King here in DFW run $250 and up for a new custom driveshaft depending on what type end joints you want on. (Double CV joints on both ends would make a nice driveshaft but if you dont wheel it a lot single CV joints would suffice).
  8. ibmoses

    ibmoses Rockstar 100 Posts

    I would get one from a wrecking yard.


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