Loss of drive
The loss of drive on this 2004 Hyundai Getz was quite a shock to the vehicle’s owner – not just because the driveshaft had failed, but because he had broken down two weeks earlier with the same problem. On that occasion, the driveshaft had separated from the outer joint, damaging both joint and shaft. We had given him a quotation for the job, but were turned down on cost and a friend of a friend did it on the cheap.
This time, the owner decided that maybe we should take a look. We discovered that the new driveshaft that had been fitted had failed at the inner joint. The joint was spinning round in the gearbox, but the shaft wasn’t moving. We fitted a new shaft from a reputable manufacturer and the owner paid the surcharge due on the old unit so that we could give him the failed shaft. Now all he had to do was try to get his money back from the friend of a friend!
The new driveshaft had failed at the inner joint, which was simply spinning round.