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My son's 04 Colorado needs a drive shaft I found a steel one but a mechanic said it could damage the differential and I should stick with the aluminum. Is this true any other issues?
 

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Seeing how GM offers a steel drive shaft through Chevy Performance parts for the "current" Colorado that claim is rather suspect. Yes, I would expect that a steel drive shaft would weigh more, but as long as it is designed for the specific vehicle you are putting it on, I wouldn't worry.
 

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I agree. However both do have their advantages and disadvantages. Steel is stronger and heavier, aluminum is lighter and therefore results in less mass to be moved in the drivetrain. Steel is nice for off roading as it is more durable to rocks but there's nothing wrong with aluminum on road.
 
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