Constant velocity joints, or CV joints as they are commonly known, are attached to each end of the drive shaft. They connect the axles to the wheels as well as to the transmission.
CV joints are necessary because they transfer torque at a constant speed to the wheels. They also accommodate the up and down motions of the suspension system.
CV joints are packed with grease which is held in place in a rubber or plastic protective cover called the CV joint boot. It’s also referred to as the drive axle boot, and it’s where most CV joint problems begin.
If the boot becomes cracked or broken, the grease can begin to leak out while dirt and moisture begin to get in. This can make the CV joint corrode, dry out and ultimately fail. As you can imagine, having the joint that connects the axle to the wheel fail is not a good thing.
That’s why it’s important to have your CV joint boot inspected regularly. Our Staff will inspect your CV joint boot every time you have an oil change. That’s a good thing, because it’s a lot less expensive to replace a boot than a joint.
Universal joints, which connect the drive shaft to the drive axle should also be inspected during every oil change.
Our Staff is a car care expert. We can help you set up a schedule of regular preventive maintenance to make sure your car runs smooth for years to come.
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