Your vehicle’s axles are vital to keeping you safe on the road! They are just as important as other safety devices on your vehicle, such as brakes and tires. Axles bear all of your vehicle’s weight. They connect your wheels and assist with driving the vehicle. In most cars, the axles are an essential part of the steering system. Axles work with power steering fluid as well as other components to ensure smooth turning.
When most people think of the word axle, they imagine a bar between two wheels, as seen on wagons or train cars. Most axles, however, are quite a bit more complex. They require the eyes and expertise of someone like the team at Faulconer Brothers Automotive Services to inspect and repair them.
Most of today’s vehicles are built using split axles. This means the wheel on each side of the axle is attached to a separate shaft. Split axles allow independent suspension of the left and right wheels, which allows for a smoother ride. These modern designs also permit the left and right wheels to rotate at different speeds as the vehicle turns. By allowing each side to rotate at different speeds, the split axle improves traction and extends tire life, saving you money in the long run. This particular component is called the differential.
The axle is connected to the wheel by a component called the CV joint. The CV joint boot is a protective flexible covering which covers the joint. If this boot becomes damaged, it can cause brake fluid to leak out, which can cause serious problems.
If your vehicle is not turning as smoothly as usual or if you are having problems stopping your car, you might need an axle repair. Bring your vehicle to Faulconer Brothers Automotive Services today so our team of experts can inspect and fix your vehicle’s axles. If your vehicle’s axles need to be replaced, we can help you find the best axles in NAPA’s inventory and install them for you so you can get back on the road as quick as possible!