CV & Drive Axle

Your modern vehicle’s engine is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. The days of your father’s gas-guzzler are long gone. Today, Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations, demand that our vehicles be equipped with electronic engine control systems, to curb carbon emissions, and increase fuel efficiency. With technically advanced control systems taking the place of simple engine components, common maintenance services such as tune-ups, are also a thing of the past. Regular services (such as spark plug and filter replacements) are still required, as well as a computerized analysis of your vehicle’s control computer. Our factory-trained technicians are here to provide these basic services.

Here is a brief description of the most common axle design:

Drive/CV Axle:

Simply put, a drive axle is one that is driven by the engine. Typically found in modern front wheel drive vehicles, a drive axle is split between two half axles, with differential and universal joints between them. Each half axle is connected to the wheel by a third joint (the constant velocity (CV) joint), which allows the wheels to move freely. This joint allows the shaft to rotate, transmitting power at a constant speed, without a significant increase in friction and heat. CV joints are usually dependable, however, as is the case for all of your vehicle’s moving equipment, they do require regular inspection. An easy to tell if you need to see us for axle repair, is to go to a large, safe space (such as a parking lot), and slowly drive in tight circles. If you hear a clicking or cracking noise, you have a worn joint, and it must be repaired immediately.

We will have you back on the road, “click-free” in no time!

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