Axles can be found connected to the wheels of your car and responsible for bearing the entire weight of your vehicle. They also help to drive your car and in most vehicles are an important part of the steering system.
Most Axles today are a split axle, meaning the wheel on each side is connected to a separate shaft. This allows for separate suspension of the left and right wheels, and a much easier ride. It also allows the left and right wheels to turn at different speeds while cornering, this improves traction and extended tire life.
Many cars blend the transmission and the axle to make the transaxle. In rear-wheel vehicles the drive axle is located in the back and is connected to the driveshaft which turns the drive axle.
The CV joint is what connects the axle and wheel together. And it is the CV joint that must be maintained in order for the axles to do their job properly. The CV joint is covered by a boot, a protecting flexible cover. If at any time the boot is cracked or leaking, brake fluid can leak out causing serious damage to the CV joint. At Silvhorn we make sure to inspect your CV joint boots whenever your car is on the lift.