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Drive shaft - We had a vibration problems in our Chevy S10. We were told by two mechanics that the drive shafts in the 2003 Chevy S10 were not good. The second mechanic when we told him we had a Chevy S10 said, even before we described the problem, "you have a vibration problem don't you?" We were also told that this was common among these trucks. Do you agree?

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    dkw1951 Jan 03, 2013

    Agree! Replaced mine 4 times! :(

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Hit a speed bump while driving my Chevy S10 truck stopped running but still have lights what could be the problem



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8 months of trauma! The original d/s has a double Cardan style...other wise known as a constant velocity u-joint, at the pinion end/rear end connection. My Ford dealer had it to the d/shaft re-build place and they did a new d/s w/single u-joint at the rear end. WRONG! The OEM shaft has a needle zerk on the Cardan joints and most shops don't know about it and don't see it and so it never gets grease. What you need to do is just re-build the original c/v Cardan and the prob. goes away. My dealer finally installed a double/double Cardan d/s!!! $1200. NO CHARGE TO ME! Problem solved! The OEM as I recall, has a double cardan at the rear end only. This one has a double at the hanger bearing and at the rear end!! I also installed the S-10 extended cab drive shaft alignment kit from Stealth Conversions. They claim even if you have the double cardan this kit will make it last a lot longer. $42. for the kit and $200 for the install by my gar. guy. I would have done it myself but the bolts on the rear end needed to be heated to get them off and install the 2 degree shims. No way I'm laying on the floor w/a torch 2 inches from my nose to do that!! Now it is as smooth as silk! What an ordeal! This is the ONLY way to solve the vibration problem. You need,at minimum, the OEM double cardan (C/V) system at the pinion connection. You probably don't need the double at the hanger bearing. Hope this helps.

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No I do not. Your truck is 6 years old. Have another shop check the front, and rear U-joints, and the center carrier bearing. The front U-joint wears out first.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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    joecoolvette Jul 29, 2009

    I should also add;

    Also check the motor mounts. The motor mounts are composed of steel plates, and a rubber center. After time the rubber breaks down. This can cause the engine to rest in a lower position. Also sagging springs in the rear can cause problems. Changes the Driveline Angle.

    Optimum driveline angle is 3 degrees. More than this causes undue U-joint wear.

    Driveline angle? Picture a driveshaft going across this page, Left to Right. The Left side connects to the transmission. The Right side to the rear differential. (Rear end) Now, drop the Right side down 3 degrees.


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I got to agree. ive had my 03 s10 since it came out and ive had to change the drive shaft 4 time.....the guy at the drive shaft place said that its a common problem wit the s10ii

Posted on Nov 07, 2009

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If your looking to replace them, wich is what most do today, it is cheaper to purchase a axle with new cv joints than to rebuild them. It is a very simple job in todays cars, remove tires remove lower tie rod , remove nut in center of the rotor and pull wheel assembley to the side hanging from the strut, pull axle out replace the transmission seal, push new axle in. When putting wheel assembley on, use a hydraulic jack on bottom of the rotor to push it to the axle splines and put the new nut on .

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SOURCE: S10 Extreme has drive shaft vibration and shop

Could be a u-joint. Check it by moving the drive shaft side to side, if no play in the u-joints then they are not bad. If you need to replace the drive shaft I would suggest you find one at a salvage yard versus paying that much for a new one.

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SOURCE: 1999 chevy silverado z71 5.3 ujoints just got

i would suspect bad driveshaft hanger bearing - to confirm, jack up back end of truck and hold up with jack stands. have someone in the truck to accelerate to the speed where you hear the noise, listen for the noise - a stethescope is very useful for this. good luck!

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