WHAT IS AN AXLE?
All vehicles must have an Axle to operate. Most cars will have two axles. Cars that hold larger amounts of passengers or carry more weight, may have more axles. For example, semis have 3 axles!
The first axle was made in 4200-400 BCE. It was made by the Sumerian people. The first axle that was released on a car was in 1886. Although the first car, the Motorwagen, only had 3 wheels, it still had an axle! It just had one axle instead of two.
Many things have axles. Bikes, winches, electric fans, watches, and even Farris wheels! All of these things need axles to operate!
how does an axle work?
If you drive without an axle, or your axle breaks while driving, your vehicle will start to pull on the side and the wheels will begin to lose power.
Some signs that your axle is going out may be leaking, weird vibrations, wobbling wheels, brake pads being misaligned, and more. If any of these are taking place, we recommend you bring your car into the shop today!
“It is designed to transmit the weight of the automobile from the springs to the front wheels, turning right or left as required. To prevent interference due to front engine location, and for providing greater stability and safety at high speeds by lowering the center of gravity of the road vehicles, the entire center portion of the axle is dropped Front axle carries the weight of the front part of the automobile as well as facilitates steering and absorbs shocks due to road surface variations. The front axles are generally dead axles, but are live axles in small cars of compact designs and also in case of four-wheel drive”
The different types of axles
Solid axles — Solid axles are also known as a beam or rigid axles. There are two different kinds of solid axles, the live axle, and the dead axle. You may see a solid axle appear on cars like Jeeps, Fords, Rams, and more heavy-duty, hauling trucks.
The dead axle can be found in trucks near the front suspension. This axle is referred to as the “steerable axle”. Dead axles can be straight or curved, like a gooseneck, shaped.
CV axle — CV stands for constant velocity. CV axles are the most common axles. The axle works by taking power from the transmission and engine and transferring it to the wheels. Outboard CV joints connect to the drive shafts.
Most cars with front-wheel drive have constant velocity axles. A few all-wheel-drive vehicles have CV axles as well, but it would be considered very rare to find CV axles in rear-wheel-drive cars.
Front axles — Like the name, front axles are located in the front of the vehicle. The front axle has a couple of jobs. One job is to assist the driver with steering. Another is to absorb shocks that may occur. (Shocks are caused by uneven roads, potholes, etc.)
The last job is the front axle has to carry and support the front of the vehicle. Live front axles take the power from the gearbox and transmit it to the wheels. Dead front axles don’t rotate or move.
Rear axles — The rear axle’s job is to bring power to the wheels. Rear axles come in two halves. The halves are known as half shafts. Most rear axles rotate with the vehicle’s wheels. Rear-axle can be found near the differential and the wheels. Most of the time, the rear axle will rotate with the wheels.
Stub axles — Stub axles are attached to the front axles and help to carry the front half of the vehicle. While the front and rear axles help rotate the wheels, the stub axle’s job is a simple one. It just needs to support the front half of the car. They are attached to the front axle using different pins. axles
How long do axles last?
“Axle shafts last essentially forever. But if they have rubber boots over CV constant velocity joints, it’s the boots that rip, and the joints that fall apart.
You do not have to replace anything when the boot rips, you can keep driving. But once the boot rips, the inside joint is exposed to air, water, dirt, and the grease can spin out, then the CV joint can corrode and or lose a ball.”
Where can i get axle repair done?
Tedious Repairs has been fixing axles for over 13 years. They offer Axle repair on cars and trucks! They can offer flywheel replacement options too! They fix rear axles, front axles, stub axles, CV axles, and more!
Since 2008 Tedious Repairs has been offering Chico and the surrounding community with high-quality automotive service.
Bring your car down today to receive any Axle repair or Axle replacement that you need! You can schedule an online appointment, or give us a call!