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Benefits of Axle, CV Joint, & Driveshaft Repair

  • Driveshaft is a steel or aluminum cylindrical component that connects to the transmission to the rear differential

  • Driveshaft connects to transmission through the CV joints

  • CV Joints are responsible for transferring the torque from transmission to the drive wheels

  • Front wheel drive vehicles use CV joints on the front axles

  • CV joints allow the axle to bend and change

  • Axle bears the weight of the vehicle

There are signs to look for when determining when to schedule an inspection of your vehicle’s front axle, rear axle, CV joints, and driveshaft components. Clunking or clicking noises are signs that a CV joint needs replacement. Vibrations during acceleration may indicate a damaged driveshaft, though they may also point to an axle issue depending on the layout of your vehicle. Turning and steering issues may also arise out of a problem with the driveshaft. CV joints can go bad when the grease leaks out of a damaged CV boot. There are various determinants for how quickly your vehicle’s axle, CV joint, and driveshaft components will degrade over time.

 

If you would like to learn more about the intervals between repairs for front wheel drive axles, main driveshafts, CV joints, U-joints, yokes, and other axle assembly components, then contact us today.

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Benefits of a Differential Repair

  • Responsible for transferring engine power to the wheels

  • Compensates for and adjusts to the differences in wheel speed as vehicle moves through turns

  • Differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds while maintaining control

  • Four wheel drive are equipped in front and back

  • Rear wheel drive are equipped in back

  • Front wheel drive called "trans-axle" because of the functional combination of the front axle and transmission

Whether your car or truck has four-wheel drive, front wheel drive, or rear wheel drive, your vehicle has a differential that experiences heavy wear and tear. When scheduling a differential repair service, you should consider where you drive most often and how much time your vehicle spends traversing particular types of terrain. Tougher terrain—like dirt roads, unpaved or gravel roads—and extreme driving can have a heavier impact on the life of your vehicle’s differential. Maintenance for differentials will differ from vehicle to vehicle. As part of your normal car maintenance schedule, a differential fluid change can positively impact the safety and health of your vehicle. Noise coming from your vehicle’s differential can be a sign of insufficient lubricant or worn gears and bearings due to regular wear and tear. At the first sign of trouble, contact us so we can quickly diagnose and correct the issue.

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Should I have a CV Axle Inspection?

  • CV Axle is a drive axle located between the drive wheels

  • Delivers consistent power to the wheels as they traverse various types of terrain

  • CV Axle attached to wheels by CV joints

  • Inner CV joints connect the transmission to the CV Axle while the outer CV joints connect the CV Axle to the wheels

  • Designed to deliver flexible power to the wheels

Recognizing potential problems early can help prevent more expensive and expansive repairs on your CV axle. Trouble turning and resistance from tires while maneuvering are signs of CV axle issues. A bad CV axle will emit noise, such as squeaking that increases with speed. Vibrations that increase with speed and vibrating floorboards are also signs that your CV axle should be inspected by our service staff. While an inspection of the CV axle is centered on checking the axle, our inspectors may find problems related to CV joints or CV boots. Because the CV axle components combine into one working assembly, reviewing proper working conditions for all components is extremely important for CV axle maintenance. Our CV axle inspection can help keep major repairs or replacements at bay.

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Do I need to have my CV Axle Replaced?

  • Axle Shaft

  • CV Joints

  • CV Boots

  • CV Axles common on both front-wheel and rear-wheel drive vehicles

  • Designed to flexibly deliver power to the wheels for a seamless transfer of torque

  • Compensates for irregularities in the road and transmits torque to the wheels, keeping them turning at a constant velocity

The CV axle assembly will wear out over time due to the nature of its flexibility and the extreme conditions endured by its components. If the wheels on your car or truck hesitate or you feel resistance while turning, your CV axle may have problems. Sudden pops while turning indicate that your CV axle may need a replacement. When looking for signs that your CV axle needs to be replaced, keep in mind that many symptoms can point to other issues like unaligned wheels or uneven tread wear. Maintaining and replacing other components in your vehicle’s CV axle assembly will keep your entire assembly working as intended and help prevent CV axle replacements. Driving with a damaged CV axle will only worsen other components and lead to more expensive repairs down the road. At the first sign of trouble, contact us for a CV axle replacement service.

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Do I need to have my CV Boot Replaced?

  • CV Joints connect the transmission to the wheels

  • Each drive axle has two CV Joints

  • Inner CV Joint connects the transmission to the axle

  • Outer CV Joint connects the axle to the wheels

  • CV joints move in conjunction with the suspension system while helping the wheels maintain a constant velocity

  • CV Boot houses a CV joint and protects it from dirt, debris, and other elements

  • CV Boot naturally degrades with age

Since your CV boot keeps your CV joint properly lubricated, any splits in the CV boot will lead to a loss of lubrication. The resulting metal on metal contact can wear down your CV joints fairly quickly. You should also note that heat and friction can eventually degrade your CV boot. Because CV boots also keep the area of lubrication clean and prevent any damaging dirt or debris from harming the CV joint, replacing a cracked or torn CV boot as soon as possible is extremely important. Our visual inspection will determine whether or not the boot needs to be replaced. Our CV boot replacement will help the CV joint stay properly lubricated and help ensure proper transfer of motion from the transmission to the wheels. Neglecting regular inspections of the CV boot and accompanying components may lead to more expensive repairs and replacements down the road.

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Do I need to have my U-Joint Replaced?

  • Universal Joints often referred to as u-joints

  • U-Joints are flexible couplings

  • U-Joints transmit the rotational force between the transmission, driveshaft, and the differentials

  • U-Joints are a critical linking component

  • U-Joints consist of four legs, or trunnions, that extend from the center cross, or body

Clicking, squeaking, and grinding noises while driving are warning signs that your u-joints may require replacement. The cost of replacing your u-joint can be cheaper than the major repairs you may face if a worn u-joint is left untreated. Vibrations and rattling noises are key indicators of a faulty u-joint. Grinding noises may be an indication of metal on metal, which will cause u-joints to wear out quickly. Because they are subject to torque and force from the engine, u-joints may bend. On older vehicles, u-joints will rust, adding surface resistance onto the joints, making them less able to turn as they once did. Routine inspections of your u-joints have been known to prevent more expensive repairs. Replacing your u-joints at the first sign of trouble will also help prevent failure in your vehicle’s driveline. When you need new u-joints, give us a call.

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Do I need to have my Yoke Replaced?

  • Driveshaft yokes are located on the ends of the driveshaft

  • One yoke connects to the rear of the vehicle while the other yoke reaches into the transmission

  • Many driveshafts are designed with a slip yoke at one end and an end yoke at the other end.

  • Slip Yoke allows for the length of the driveshaft to change with the motion of the suspension system

Do you know if one of your yokes needs a replacement? There are some indications. For example, clunking noises are often related to a problem with your vehicle’s yokes. Vibrations felt beneath the floorboard of your vehicle may also be a signal of a damaged yoke. In some cases there may be too much free play or an excessive amount of clearance. Under an excessive amount of stress, a yoke can crack or snap completely. Sometimes, the transmission can twist the yoke. Broken, bent, and twisted yokes should be replaced immediately. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us today for an inspection of your vehicle’s driveshaft assembly and a possible yoke replacement service.

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Should I get my Differential Fluid Changed and Serviced?

  • Differential fluid lubricates the differential in all-wheel drive (AWD), four-wheel drive (4WD), rear-wheel drive (RWD), and front-wheel drive (FWD)

  • Front-wheel drive in most cases have a transaxle instead of a separate differential, but not always

  • Differential purpose is to deliver power to the wheels while allowing them to turn at different speeds

  • Differential needs clean differential fluid to ensure a smooth ride at all times

Differential fluid reduces the heat caused by the friction of moving parts inside the differential. But friction and heat will progressively break down differential fluid. Worn-out differential fluid can lead to unreliable differential performance, noise, excessive wear, breakdown, or failure. Complete differential failure will result in your entire differential system needing to be replaced. Always be sure to refer to the owner’s manual in your vehicle when determining the proper service intervals for changing your differential fluid. A differential fluid service prepares your vehicle for new fluid by draining out the old fluid and replacing it with fresh differential fluid. During a fluid change, our service staff may inspect other differential components, like gears and shafts, for excessive wear so that the differential continues to work properly.

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Do I need to have my CV Boot Replaced?

  • CV Joints connect the transmission to the wheels

  • Each drive axle has two CV Joints

  • Inner CV Joint connects the transmission to the axle

  • Outer CV Joint connects the axle to the wheels

  • CV joints move in conjunction with the suspension system while helping the wheels maintain a constant velocity

  • CV Boot houses a CV joint and protects it from dirt, debris, and other elements

  • CV Boot naturally degrades with age

Since your CV boot keeps your CV joint properly lubricated, any splits in the CV boot will lead to a loss of lubrication. The resulting metal on metal contact can wear down your CV joints fairly quickly. You should also note that heat and friction can eventually degrade your CV boot. Because CV boots also keep the area of lubrication clean and prevent any damaging dirt or debris from harming the CV joint, replacing a cracked or torn CV boot as soon as possible is extremely important. Our visual inspection will determine whether or not the boot needs to be replaced. Our CV boot replacement will help the CV joint stay properly lubricated and help ensure proper transfer of motion from the transmission to the wheels. Neglecting regular inspections of the CV boot and accompanying components may lead to more expensive repairs and replacements down the road.

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Should I have my Differential Serviced?

  • Many vehicles need a properly working differential system for the smoothest ride possible

  • Location of the differential depends on the drive type of the vehicle

  • Differential system delivers power to the wheels while allowing the wheels to turn at different speeds

  • Differential fluid keeps the differential system running smoothly by reducing heat and resistance caused by moving parts

Heat from friction will gradually cause the differential fluid to break down, making it harder to keep the differential properly lubricated. Degraded differential fluid causes poor differential performance, excessive noise, and disproportionate wear. In severe causes, old fluid will eventually cause a differential breakdown, if not a complete differential failure, which means that your entire differential system will need to be replaced. Replacing an entire differential system is costly and can be avoided with routine maintenance as indicated by your owner’s manual, which will provide you with specific intervals for servicing your differential. Depending on your needs, when you undergo a differential service, various components of your differential system will be checked and possibly repaired or replaced in order to keep your vehicle running efficiently.

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