What noise does a worn drive shaft make?
Loud clunking noise If you hear a loud clunking noise when shifting your vehicle, this is another sign of driveshaft damage. The likely culprit is a worn u-joint.
How much play should a driveshaft have?
@parzival some movement is definitely expected and 1/16th of an inch seems to be within those tolerances. Make sure that you do not get a vibration sound (thumping) while driving which would be a more common for that bearing.
Can bad U joints cause death wobble?
Worn ball joints and unit bearings are also a significant cause of death wobble. Up and down play suggests bad ball joints, while play in every direct suggests worn unit bearings. The larger and more aggressive your tires are, the more difficult they are to balance.
What does the slip yoke do?
The slip yoke is an important component of any drive shaft assembly. The slip yoke assembly (pictured on the right) is what allows drive shafts and PTOs to flex or “slip” with their given application. The slip yoke is also essential for allowing u-joints to rotate properly with the drive shaft.