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The issue is indeed the front axles/drive shaft (cups), the shaft cups are filled with grease that keeps the bearings/borris in good condition, if the grease wears or dries up, the driveshaft becomes defective…

Driveshafts are finely balanced before installation to ensure they do not vibrate. Any sort of vibration indicates an issue. Defective driveshafts will not only cause vibrations that can be felt by the passengers, but it can also cause accelerated wear on other drivetrain components.

Again, any issues with them can greatly affect the driveability of the vehicle. As they are underneath the vehicle and connected to the transmission and so will cause a significant shudder when accelerating from low speed or a stopped position.

This may also result in unusual rattling, clunking, scraping, or even squeaking sounds from underneath the vehicle. U-joint in need of lubrication will also cause a squeaking noise at low speeds. Clicking or knocking sounds specifically can signify a faulty CV joint.

So for those of us who have spent a “fortune” replacing tyres, rims and repeated wheel balancing/alignments with no solution and are at the verge of trading in our cars because if this issue, HOLD ON!!

The drive shaft needs to be replaced, some mechanics would recommend replacing the cup fluid/lubricant while others will opt for a complete replacement of the driveshaft, the former is obviously the cheaper solution..

GOOD LUCK!!
 
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