What is a Rear Drive Shaft?

The rear drive shaft is a mechanical component that transfers torque from the engine/transmission to the rear axle.

How much does a used rear drive shaft usually cost?

The cost of a used rear drive shaft can range from $125 upwards of $300-$400 for later model vehicles. Nevertheless there are considerable savings over new OEM parts and higher quality than aftermarket.


Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
2008 Ford Expedition $418.00 $125.00 $293.00
2000 BMW Z3 $679.00 $150.00 $529.00
2012 Dodge Durango $514.00 $125.00 $389.00
2008 Ford Mustang $763.00 $175.00 $588.00
1993 Nissan 300zx $554.00 $200.00 $354.00
2004 Subaru Legacy $400.00 $125.00 $275.00

Things to keep in mind when buying

The measurement of the rear drive shaft is very important to know. Make sure yours is exactly the same as the donor vehicle.

Installation Tips

If the U-joints are serviceable then make sure they are greased. If they are replaceable and have slack in them, then be sure to do that. Make sure no dings are in the tube (visual inspection). Also verify if it has a slip yoke, that it’s smooth and there is not a groove in the shaft from premature wear.

Ongoing maintenance

No special maintenance other than what is called for in your manual.