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Driveshaft Noise - Replace drive shaft and support bearing?

2006 Rav4 I4 Auto 4WD with about 113,000 miles on it. Sitting in the passenger seat on the way to Boston as I type my first post here...

We've been experiencing significant noise from under the car while under load be it accelerating or going up hill. I almost thought it was a lose heat shield but that seems not to be the case.

Dealer notified us the drive shaft would have to be replaced as well as a bearing and I'm assuming it's the center support bearing for the shaft.

I did a search, but did not come up with any results that mentioned the drive shaft and bearing. I'm thinking that if the bearing went bad, the drive shaft could have been damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced.

Any history known concerning this issue? They mentioned it was not an emergency fix that needed to be done right away, but it is VERY annoying when driving around town, but not a big deal here on the Interstate at 70 MPH.

The estimate we got was $1,200 and I'm wondering if this is a DIY job.

Thanks in advance.
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First time I've heard about similar failure. Did you do a search?
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First time I've heard about similar failure. Did you do a search?
Yes, searched around a bit and found nothing specific to what I was hearing. My wife has slightly changed her story concerning what the service adviser let her know over the phone.

Something about the "ball bearings in the drive shaft were shot" hence the need for a new drive shaft.

Does that make it more clear? I'm going to try to contact the service adviser myself tomorrow to get more details.

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Bump.

Spoke with the dealer assistant service manager today to get clarification. Supposedly, the entire drive shaft needs to (eventually) be replaced since the bearings are going bad. The drive shaft is the only part that needs to be replaced, it is one unit, and the part cost is $963.

As noted above, the issue is heard - almost a grinding sound - right near 40 MPH when under a little bit of load. Originally, I thought it was a heat shield, but that is clearly not the issue.

I was able to record the sound the drive shaft makes under load, and you can hear it for yourself. The file is a small MP3. (610KB)

You'll be able to hear the grinding.

The assistant service manager mentioned it's more of an annoyance, that is not a critical "must" fix, but I'm concerned waiting may result in damage to whatever the bearings in the drive shaft roll against.

Is there another parts source available to procure the drive shaft at a lower cost? I'm seeing numbers under $400 online, but I have no idea what to order. I'd have a local shop install the shaft after I find it.

Thanks in advance for all comments.
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Spoke with the dealer assistant service manager today to get clarification. Supposedly, the entire drive shaft needs to (eventually) be replaced since the bearings are going bad.

I'd have a local shop install the shaft after I find it.
I'm not home so I haven't looked under our RAV4 to see if it's the same but usually driveshafts have a replaceable U-joint at each end. Maybe $20-30 each. So, I'd have your local shop (assuming that's not the dealer) take a look before buying a shaft.

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It's the pedal (or the handgrip) on the right!!
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I'm not home so I haven't looked under our RAV4 to see if it's the same but usually driveshafts have a replaceable U-joint at each end. Maybe $20-30 each. So, I'd have your local shop (assuming that's not the dealer) take a look before buying a shaft.
Yeah, I just think it's strange you would need to replace the entire shaft. Does anyone know if the shaft actually has bearings?
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Here's a late post to add to this. 2006 RAV4 Drive Shaft broken @ rear U joint. $1044. parts and labor, not fixed yet, knocks on accell like a CV joint noise.
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Here's a late post to add to this. 2006 RAV4 Drive Shaft broken @ rear U joint. $1044. parts and labor, not fixed yet, knocks on accell like a CV joint noise.
Meantime you can take the load off the shaft by unplugging the 4WD computer behind (in front of) the glove box.

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I've experienced similar problem with my old car (it was a Honda CR-V). It was the problem with u-joints. Apparently for one reason or another they were not serviceable. I took it to the local shop. My mechanic removed the whole drive shaft and sent it to a specialty shop for reconditioning. I was able to drive in 2 wheel drive mode until it was done. The cost was about $500 for everything.
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The crv has staked in u joints.

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