Axles can be found connected to your car’s wheels and are responsible for bearing the entire weight of your vehicle. They also help drive your car and are an essential part of the steering system in most vehicles.
Most Axles today are split axles, meaning the wheel on each side is connected to a separate shaft. This allows for the independent suspension of your vehicle’s 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 extends tire life.
Many cars blend the transmission and the axle to make the transaxle. For example, 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. And it is the CV joint that must be maintained for the axles to do their job correctly. The CV joint is covered by a boot, a protective flexible cover. If the boot is cracked or leaking at any time, brake fluid can leak out, causing severe damage to the CV joint. So at Silvhorn Automotive, we inspect your CV joint boots whenever your car is on the lift.