#2-221 Southside Drive, Nanaimo BC 250-740-0328

Vancouver Island’s #1 Driveline Speciality Shop

Providing Nanaimo and Vancouver Island with driveline repairs, rebuilds, fabrication, balancing, part sales, and much more.

Family Owned & Operated

Western Driveline is owned and operated by Jarrod and Michelle Gould, a husband-and-wife team from Nanaimo, BC.

As Vancouver Island’s only driveline specialists, we’re proud to offer quick, honest, and reliable work. From repairs and rebuilds to custom fabrication, part sales, and more, we always stand behind our work.

And don’t worry if you can't tell a driveshaft from a doorknob, we welcome any and all customers and do our best educate while keeping things simple.

Complete Driveline Services & Sales

  • Driveshaft repairs & rebuilds Nanaimo

    Repairs & Rebuilds

    We repair, rebuild, and replace damaged driveshafts and driveline components, from simple u-joint replacement to more complex double-Cardan rebuilds. We work with all types of vehicles, including logging trucks, farm equipment, daily drivers, and everything in between.

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  • Driveshaft custom fabrication Nanaimo

    Custom Fabrication

    We fabricate custom drivelines from scratch right from our Nanaimo shop, with a 1-year warranty on all custom work. We work with hotrodders, off-roaders, and anyone who needs something built to spec.

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  • Driveshaft balancing Nanaimo

    Balancing

    Driveshaft balancing from PTO sizes up to the SPL250 used in heavy-duty commercial truck applications. All of our balancing work is done on top-of-the-line Hines Industries equipment.

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  • Driveshaft emergency service Nanaimo

    Emergency Service

    Vehicle downtime is a costly pain-in-the-you-know-what, whether it’s your daily driver or commercial transport that’s down. Our emergency breakdown service allows you to jump the queue when you need it most.

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  • Driveshaft part sales Nanaimo

    Part Sales

    If all you need are driveshaft or driveline parts, we do that too! We’re not a parts warehouse, but we stock a variety of common driveline parts – and with a short wait we can get nearly everything.

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Services We Do NOT Perform

We do a lot here at Western Driveline – but not everything. Here are some* things that we cannot help with.

  • Transaxle service or replacement

  • Differential service or replacement

  • Transmission service or replacement

  • Flywheel grinding

  • Roadside emergency repairs

*This isn’t an exhaustive list; please contact us if you’re uncertain we can help with your driveline project.

Located at #2-221 Southside Drive in Nanaimo, BC

Western Driveline is located in south Nanaimo, conveniently accessible from the Nanaimo Parkway (HWY #19) and the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY #1).

As Vancouver Island’s only driveline speciality shop, we welcome customers from Victoria north to Port Hardy, including surrounding islands such as Gabriola and Salt Spring.

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Driveline Terms & Definitions

Double-Cardan Driveshaft

The double-Cardan driveshaft configuration incorporates a double Cardan joint, where two U-joints are joined such that the second U-joint is phased in relation to the first to cancel the changing angular velocity. Generally classified as a CV joint, though not technically constant velocity. Commonly used to connect a transmission or transfer case to a rear or front axle.

Universal Joint

Universal joints are × or + shaped parts that allow a vehicle’s rigid driveshaft to connect to the transmission or differentials and rotate freely. Universal joints are typically made of steel, with a bearing cap at each end. Also known as a universal coupling, U-joint, Cardan joint, Spicer or Hardy Spicer joint, or Hooke's joint. Even in a double-Cardan setup, a U-joint is not a constant-velocity (CV) joint.

Driveline/Driveshaft

A driveline refers to an assembly built from a tubular or solid driveshaft connected by one or more universal joints. A driveshaft transmits mechanical power, torque, and rotation, in a fixed or variable angle from one shaft to another. Driveshafts are used to connect other components of a drivetrain that cannot be connected directly (because of distance or the need to allow for movement between them), typically through one or more universal joints. Also know as a Cardan shaft or propeller shaft.

See the glossary page for more definitions of driveline-related terms.

Helpful Driveline Videos

For information on driveshaft repair, please visit our YouTube channel. We’re filling up our channel with how-to videos on topics including:

  • Accurately measuring your driveshaft
  • Changing a u-joint
  • Figuring out which series of U-joints you have
  • And much more!

Other Partnerships

More than just drivelines, WDL is also a proud supplier of the following product lines.