If you want to perform at the top of your game, you always have to maintain a well-oiled shaft.
All innuendo aside, Jeep issued a recall on their popular Gladiator trucks this week after it became apparent that many were assembled with out the necessary grease in the rear driveshaft. According to Car and Driver, the recall was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who said 3,427 affected vehicles may have a rear driveshaft that was assembled without grease in the monoblock joint portion of the driveshaft.
“A fractured rear driveshaft could separate, which may result in loss of motive power, if the vehicle is in rear-wheel-drive mode, or potential road debris, if the driveshaft completely separates from the vehicle,” NHTSA’s report said. “Either condition can cause a vehicle crash without prior warning.”
Welp, that’s definitely not supposed to happen.
Thankfully for Jeep, they caught the problem early as the new Gladiators have only been on the market for a few months.