Drive shaft problem?. - Page 2 - Motorhome Forums, Motorhome Discussion, Motorhome Chat

User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-08-2009, 20:19 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 634
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by davesport
Driveshaft failure does'nt usually manifest itself as a "shimmer" although sometimes a vibration is evident on acceleration. What fails is one or both of the CV/Lobro joints. This usually causes a pop or clunk whilst turning or a bit of rumbling whilst driving.

Is the shimmy evident whilst you are driving normally in a straight line ?

Have you checked the inside & outside of all the tyres & road wheels for damage ? This can be difficult to spot. Try jacking each corner in turn & rotate the wheels looking for "run out" in the rims or damage to the tyre wall.

Yes it occure in straight line .
Any further comment welcomed.
teal is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-08-2009, 20:32
Senior Member
TDG's Avatar
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Bideford - a good place to test juddering Fiats and electric bikes.
Posts: 2,016
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by teal
Thank you all for comments, to elaborate a bit more. Between 30/40 mph the body seems to shimmer then completely go after those speeds. All wheels and tyres were taken off and checked or so they said.The first fitter said the back wheels were very out of balance but did all four wheels. As said Auto Protect is not worth the paper its written on.Second main dealer said one weight on front had thrown and they thought they had cured it on a short run up the road but when it still happened i took it back and after driving it himself said i thinks its the drive shaft but until a more thorough look could not say for certain. I motioned the insurers quoting only £34 PH whilst main dealer said he could not undertake it for that amount.All other speeds apart from the 30/40 mph it handles good, i have not heard any unusual noises whilst driving apart from full lock when a noise from something . So it could be something else other than the drive shaft, its had a MOT last month and also the comment about it has to be broke rather than worn came up but the garage said its a failure not worn , bet the insuresr say different.
Sound like a critical speed vibration if occurring in a narrow speed band.
Are you RWD? If so I would stongly suspect the prop shaft.

Never let anything mechanical know you are in a hurry
TDG is offline  
post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old 22-08-2009, 00:52
Senior Member
SaddleTramp's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Brimington, Chesterfield, Derbyshire and Acharavi, Greece
My Motorhome: Chausson Flash 08 (Fiat Ducato)
Posts: 3,694
Thanks: 3
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
I will stick my neck out here and state that if a Shimmer or wobble is felt at around 30 - 40 MPH then disappears or you can "drive out of it" by speeding up, it is a case of miss balance and nothing else.

I am here for a Good Time..........But not for a Long Time.

If You can't laugh and smile.........Life isn't worth Living.
SaddleTramp is offline  
post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-10-2009, 21:15
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Sussex
Posts: 259
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Are the tyres newly fitted? Read some stuff recently about wheels that go out of balance as its common for the fitters to slap loads of lubricant over the tyres and rims when fitting, they then balance the wheels.

When you drive off, the tyres can creep round the rims under braking/acceleration, meaning the rim weights end up in the wrong places. When fitting the lubricant is meant to be applied sparingly and only to certain parts of the rim.

In your case this sounds unlikely as you've had them balanced twice and also the fitters drove the vehicle afterwards, but an easy way to check is to draw a line across the tyre sidewall and onto the rim with chalk or crayon, then you can see if anythings moved. Obviously best to do it before leaving the tyre place

EDIT: Apologies, I've just noticed this is quite an old thread
Spooky_b329 is offline  
post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-10-2009, 21:30
Senior Member
rayc's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Dorset
My Motorhome: Pilote 740C Sensation
Posts: 7,859
Thanks: 68
Thanked 290 Times in 264 Posts
Personal Aire
Originally Posted by Spooky_b329
EDIT: Apologies, I've just noticed this is quite an old thread
i sometimes wonder about these threads where opinions are offered and there is genuine interest and then .... nothing. Was the problem solved, did the OP give up and sell the MH etc etc.
rayc is offline  
post #16 of 16 (permalink) Old 20-10-2009, 21:55 Thread Starter
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 634
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Driveshaft problem

I did tell what happened about the driveshaft but will tell again. Yes it was the driveshaft but to find out which one they took both off and found nothing untowards that looked if it was broken . So regarding the warranty where they say it has to be broke it was a touch and go thing, anyway they replaced the nearside one and it cured the problem , only thing was that after replacing the old offside one back it developed an oil leak so had to come off again to have new oil seal. The warranty Co' paid for new driveshaft but not diagnosis and only paid for £34 ph so had to pay balance. We paid out about £100 odd for people to balance/check wheels ie four garages before getting to the one who done the job then further £180 to complete the job. Runs lovely now.
teal is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Motorhome Forums, Motorhome Discussion, Motorhome Chat forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome