Axles, CV joints, and driveshaft components are pivital to the performance and drivability of your vehicle. The driveshaft is a steel or aluminum cylindrical shaft that connects the transmission to the rear differential. The driveshaft is linked to the transmission with CV joints which transfer torque from the transmission to the drive wheels. CV Joints are located on the front axles of front-wheel drive vehicles. CV joints give the axle a degree of flexion while simultaneously accommodating bouncing wheels. Axles support the vehicle's weight and bear the force of braking and accelerating. Normal wear-and-tear may require maintenance and/or replacement of your vehicle's axles, CV joints, and driveshaft components.
A few possible signs your vehicle may need Axle, CV Joint, or Driveshaft repairs:
CV Axle Inspection
The axle is a drive axle located between the drive wheels. Its primary function is to deliver consistent power to the wheels over various terrains. The axle is attached to the wheels by CV joints and deliver power while maintaining a consistent speed. The inner-CV joints connect the transmission to the axle while the exterior-CV joints connect the axle to the wheels. The CV axle assembly—the axle shaft, CV joints, and CV boots—serves to deliver flexible power to the wheels where torque is transmitted regardless of the axle's angle.
CV Axle Replacement
CV axles are common on both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles. The CV axle assembly is composed of the axle shaft, CV joints, and CV boots and is designed to distribute power to the wheels for a seamless transfer of torque. The CV axle pairs up with with the suspension system to give you a smoother ride and transmits torque to the wheels while keeping them turning at a constant rate. The inner-CV joints connect the transmission to the CV axle while the outer CV joints connect the CV axle to the wheels. A properly-functioning CV axle provides you with safety and stability while enhancing passenger comfort through various driving conditions.
CV Boot Replacement
CV joints link the transmission to the wheels and are an integral part of your vehicle’s drive axles. Each drive axle has two CV joints--an inner-CV joint connects the transmission to the axle; the outer joint connects the axle to the respective wheel. CV joints move in conjunction with the suspension and keep your wheels rotating at a constant speed. CV boots are composed of rubber or strong polymer blends and house CV joints protecting from external dirt and debris. Regular maintenance ensures boots are intact and that CV joints remain properly lubricated. CV boots breakdown with normal usage and should be inspected regularly for your safety.
CV Joint Replacement
Your vehicle’s CV joints are connected to the drive axles which link your transmission to your wheels. The inner-CV joint links the transmission to the axle while the outer-CV joint connects the axle to the wheels. CV joints allow for a flexible range of motion to compensate for bumps and irregularities in the road while keeping all parts connected. CV boots encapsulate the CV joints and ensure protection and proper lubrication. CV joints provide the necessary range of motion over all types of surfaces and should be regularly inspected to ensure your safety.
U-Joints are short for universal joints which are flexible couplings that transmit rotational force between the transmission, the driveshaft, and the differentials which turn your vehicle’s drive wheels. U-joints should be flexible enough to compensate for angle and alignment variances between the driveshaft and differentials. U-joints consist of four endpoints, or trunnions, that extend from the center cross. The endpoints are covered with bearing caps and are housed within the yoke and pivot and spin as they rotate with the driveshaft. Some U-joints are sealed while others require periodic lubrication.
Yokes are located on the ends of the driveshaft. The driveshaft delivers power from the transmission and turns the differential which, in turn, moves the wheels. In most cases, one yoke connects to the rear of the vehicle while the other yoke reaches into the transmission. These connecting components help transfer energy from the transmission to the wheels. Some driveshafts are designed with a slip yoke at one end and an end yoke at the other allowing the length of the driveshaft to change with the motion of the suspension as it reacts to the bumps in the road. U-joints allow for changes in the angle between the differential and the transmission. These components are designed with a degree of tolerance to help maintain speed while steering.
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