The CV joint drive shaft is part of the axle shaft, together with the shaft itself, the boots and the grease. Axle shafts are occasionally known as CV axles, and they work to connect the wheels of the car to the gears in the transmission. The axle shaft is connected to the transmission the wheels at one end, while the other is connected to the shaft. The transmission moves the shafts, which in turn cause the wheels to turn hence allowing the car to move.
One of the common reasons for failures of the CV joint driveshaft is grease leaking out through the torn boots. Without this grease, the CV joint isn’t appropriately lubricated, causing dirt and debris to enter the joint and causing it to wear out.
Rather than reconditioning the individual components, the majority of mechanics will advise you for a complete CV joint reconditioning. It is a much straightforward repair, and it will save you money in labour costs as well as time.
The cost involved will depend on the type of transmission, and how many of the half CV joint driveshaft will need to be replaced. In a four-wheel-drive vehicle there will be two at the rear and two at the front, so reconditioning them all can be an expensive job. Most of the time, there will be a single axle shaft which needs to be replaced, making it a more accessible and less costly issue.
Benefits of CV joint Reconditioning
A CV joint can cause various issues with your vehicle, including influencing the amount of power available to the wheels. The most common problem with a CV joint driveshaft is a lack of lubrication, so it can cause a loud clicking noise when you’re making a turn. CV joint reconditioning, or full axle replacement can assist remove this.
Most vehicles should last a significant amount of time without any real issues with the CV joint drive shaft. The most common problem is with the outer CV joint, which is the cause of the clicking noise when making turns. In the worst-case scenario, the outer CV joint may crumble when you are driving, that can leave the car unable to be driven. It can be avoided through regular maintenance and CV joint reconditioning when required.
When Should You Have The CV Joint Reconditioning?
There are some tell-tale signs that there may be an issue with the CV joint drive shaft. A faulty axle will usually make a clunking or clicking noise as you’re driving, generally due to a problem with lubrication.
When you notice some vibration when you are accelerating, there may also be an issue. While it can also mean there may be a problem with the CV joint drive shaft, there may also be a CV joint issue depending on the layout of your car.
If there is a problem with grease leaking from a damaged boot, then the axle can degrade pretty quickly, particularly the CV joint drive shaft. Lose of power to the wheels can be a severe issue, so if you notice any of these symptoms. You should take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible for CV joint reconditioning.