I just came back from PJ Sec 19 Toyota SC. The same thing was happen to my vios that they asking me to replace the drive shaft which cost about 5K.
The SC is very suck. Every time I went there for normal car services, they sure will come back to me that something need to replaced. Really disappointed on Toyota Vios as well as their Service Center.
I would like to know is there any thing we can notice for this issues as I do not notice anything goes wrong or any sound from my car at this moment. (it might has but I didn't notice it). So, If I don't change, what will be the worst case can happen? Hope someone can give me the advices.
Anyway, if really need to change, can anyone also recommend any workshop near Damansara area?
Actually, to be exact it should be the replacemnet of the constant velocity joint [commonly known as "CV joint"]. This joint fails faster than all the other parts of the drive shaft [or shafts] as it takes the loads and stress from the car's twists and turns [even during normal driving] Periodically, we need to inspect the wear and tear conditions of the attached rubber boot cover, which is a rubberized polymer cover that contains graphite grease to lubricate the joints and to protect the joints from getting contaminants, like sand, stones and even dirt particles, that act as abrasive agents that could grind the CV joint housing and the ball bearings installed within, to a reduced tolerance [gaps] and that cause rattling sound when you turn at an acute angle.
When the CV joints are worn out [normally the loose bearing will grind against their housing / seats], the first symptom to be noticed will be the rattling sound [clak, clak, clak] when doing hard turning. At this stage, you need to replace the CV joints ASAP, as if they continue to wear further, the next episode will be either a sudden seizure of the bearing ball rollers or a total uncontrolled CV joint response to your steering [dangerous]
All outside mechanics only replace the CV joints and not the total drive shafts. CV joints and rubber boots are CHEAP [less than MYR 300] No mechanics in their right of mind will change your whole drive shafts. Drive shafts may last the whole life of the car. FYI, my Mazda Familia which is driven for the past 20 years had never had its drive shafts replaced, only several CV joints had been changed.
You consult my mechanic [Sunway Pyramid area] Ah Loong 012-3770133