What’s wrong with my car?

#1

We were driving down the street when we heard something dragging. We got out and saw this… What is this part called and how easy is it to fix?

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#2

Would REALLY help if you told us what kind and year car this is…

Looks like a broken driveshaft. Easy for me to fix, may be impossible for you.

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#3

Sorry. It is a 2011 Dodge Nitro.

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#4

The driveshaft broke.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=5112075&cc=1447231&jsn=455

RockAuto has one for $800.00.

Tester

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#5

So your car is still drivable?Could be a piece of the exhaust or even a shock absorber.

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#6

It must have all wheel drive. That part hanging down is a driveshaft. Or actually half a driveshaft. They cost about $400. Not too hard to replace if you have the right tools. The far bigger issue is WHY did the shaft destroy itself?

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#7

There are $400 driveshafts for that car on rock auto, but the driveshaft that looks like that is $821. + shipping and tax.

As Mustangman said, why did it break? Car driveshafts usually break at the u-joint, not in the middle like that. I have seen class 8 trucks with insanely heavt loads break a driveshaft but they twist then in two.

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#8

Car was towed?

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#9

Sure looks like it has been significantly polished just in front of the break. Like a center mount bearing or something was there. Perhaps some part like that seized up and the shaft twisted in half…

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#10

Get it to a trusted mechanic, get an estimate. Likely more needs repairing than just the driveshaft.

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