Remember the plastic cars you played with as a kid? The ones with a thin metal pin running through and connecting each pair of wheels? Well, that pin's counterpart in a real car is the axle. Unlike in those toy cars, the axles in our vehicles have to accommodate for a lot more motion than simply rolling the car back and forth.
That's where Constant Velocity (CV) joints and boots come in, which allow the axle to flex so the wheels themselves can turn left and right, and the suspension can move up and down. The CV joint allows for flexibility, while the CV boot encases it, keeping the debris out and the lubricating grease in.
A leading cause of CV boot failure is grime accumulated from the road under normal driving conditions. Over time, this abrasive gunk eats into the rubber of the CV boot to eventually expose internal joints to the elements.
With CV joint damage, the possibility of a breakdown increases, as power can no longer be effectively transferred to the wheels. In short – if your CV boots and joints go bad, get your walking boots ready!
CV joints, boots and axles, along with the differential and transfer case, are all part of the drivetrain – the system that transfers the power from your engine down to your wheels. Here are a few things to watch for if any of these parts need servicing:
Thick grease leaking around the wheel well
Clicking or popping noises when you turn
Vibration while driving, especially at high speeds
Increased safety – Avoid breakdowns by ensuring these critical components can properly transfer power to your wheels.
A smoother ride – No one likes a bumpy ride. Repairing damaged CV joints and axles will smooth things out for you and your passengers.
No more noise – Eliminate clicking, popping, or other sounds coming from damaged CV joints and axles when you make turns.
Longer CV joint life – When your CV joints are protected within new CV boots, dirt and debris can no longer wreak havoc, thus extending the lifespan of internal parts.
Bottom line: healthy CV joints, boots and axles will lengthen the life of your vehicle and provide you with peace of mind that you can get from point A to point B safely. Keep your wheels rolling on by scheduling your next service, or just stop by your nearest Brakes Plus today!