Your vehicle’s drivetrain includes all the parts that deliver the power from the engine thru the transmission and finally transferring that power to driving wheels. Thus, enabling your vehicle to move.
Generally, there are four different types of drivetrains. All wheel drive (AWD), four wheel drive (4×4), rear wheel drive (RWD), and finally front wheel drive (FWD).
There are many mechanical parts that make up a drivetrain system. Some parts are specific to the drive type of the vehicle. The most common drivetrain parts are as follows:
- Front Drive Shaft
- Transfer Case
- Rear Drive Shalf
- Front Differential
- Rear Differential
- CV Joints (Constant Velocity Joints)
- Front Axle
- Rear Axle
While conventional axles, 2WD automobiles are constructed for the needs of the general consumer…
- But no matter what you drive, remember that your vehicle’s drivetrain & axle assemblies must bear the weight of your vehicle (plus any cargo). Also, in addition to the weight of the vehicle & its cargo, your vehicle’s drivetrain must also be able to carry the acceleration forces between you and the ground. Therefore, when it comes to drivetrain inspection, including your vehicle’s axles we are your source for professional, knowledgeable service.
The design & construction of your axle & drivetrain is according to what your vehicle is built for.
Trucks and other off-road four wheel drive (4×4) vehicles, like Jeeps, are equip with drivetrains & axles that keep the wheel positions steady under heavy stress.
- This is ideal for supporting heavy loads of course. 4WD vehicles are a combination of two worlds, 2WD & AWD. The best part, the driver selects the necessary drive based on the terrain. Therefore, oof you need all four wheels to drive, maybe because your traveling in very hazardous terrain. Terrain that you may not be able to maintain traction for your 2 front wheels. Then you simply flip the switch and voila, all four of your trucks wheels have their own independence. Thus helping you get out of the low traction environment you’ve found yourself in.
Yet another drivetrain option All Wheel Drive (AWD)…
- AWD vehicles have yet another approach to vehicle movement. AWD vehicles incorporate a plethora of additional drivetrain parts, all of which are fully operational, all the time. Hence the name, all wheel drive (AWD). The main componenets of an all wheel drive system include but certainly not limited to:
- Front Differential
- Rear Differential
- Torque Converter
- Additional Universal Joints securing drive line components together
- Propellor Shaft
- Drive Shaft
Lastly, there’s Rear Wheel Drive (RWD)
- RWD works very like a 2WD, only the portion of the drivetrain responsible for the vehicle’s movement is as the name implies, the rear wheels. RWD vehicles are most notably the norm in sports vehicles.
The vehicle’s axles, also a part of the drivetrain system,
Every vehicle, whether AWD, 4WD, RWD, or FWD have axles. They are the drivetrain components that transmit the drive power to the wheels. Axles are the rod on which the wheel rotates. Here is a brief description of the design of the drivetrain component, the axle:
Simply put, a drive axle is one that the engine literally drives. A drive axle is split between two half axles, with differential and universal joints (U-Joints) between them. Each half axle connects to the wheel by a third joint, the constant velocity (CV) joint. This joint allows the wheels to move freely. As well, this joint allows the shaft to rotate. This rotation is what transmits the vehicle’s power at a constant speed without a significant increase in friction and heat.
CV joints are usually dependable, but, as is the case for all of your vehicle’s moving equipment, they do require regular inspection. And if they are worn and need replacement, CV joints are a mandatory auto repair component as you won’t get far, at all, without them.
A simple DIY auto maintenance test for you to possibly tell if you need to see us for axle repair or any drive train component maintenance, is to go out to a large 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 needs immediate auto repair. Come see us and we will diagnose your potential drive train problem. Get you an estimate for auto repair services. And with your say so, perform the vehicle repair service to your car, truck, SUV, or minivan needs to its driveline. Thus getting you back on the road, as soon as possible.
We will have you back on the road, “click-free” in no time!
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