The axle on your car is the structural component that connects two wheels together on opposite sites. It is a load-bearing assembly that acts like a central shaft, controlling the position of the wheels relative to one another and also to the car body. The structure of your axle is designed according to what your car is made for; off-road vehicles and trucks are equipped with axles that maintain steady wheel positions under heavy stress, while conventional axles are built for the needs of the average driver. No matter what you drive, don’t forget that your vehicle’s axle must bear the weight of your vehicle (plus any load) and the acceleration forces between you and the ground. So when it comes to axle inspection, C & C Automotive is your source for knowledgeable & professional service – essential for the equipment that takes you and your family to where you need to go.
This is a brief description of the most common axle design:
Put very simply, a drive axle is one that is driven by the engine. Usually found in modern front-wheel-drive cars, a drive axle is split between two half axles, with differential and universal joints between each. Each half axle is connected to the wheel by a third joint – the constant velocity (CV) joint – that will allow free movement of each of the wheels. This joint will allow the shaft to rotate, and transmit power at a constant speed without a significant increase in heat and friction. CV joints are usually trustworthy, but, as is the case for all of your car’s moving equipment, they do require you to have regular inspections. A simple way for you to tell if you need to see us for axle repair is to go out to a large area (like an empty parking lot) and drive slowly in tight circles. If you hear a cracking or clicking, you have a worn joint; it needs to be repaired immediately.
We can have you back to the road, “click-free” in no time!