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Front Wheel Drive Axle Replacement & Parts Print E-mail

Axles, Boot and Clamps

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We stock over 5,000 individual parts, components, new and remanufactured driveshafts!  Need front drive axles just give us a call toll free 800-2316-1632 and save money!

Front driveaxles replacements, boots and clamps are available for the following vehicles:

ACURA ALFA-ROMEO ATV AM GENERAL
AMC AUDI BUICK
CADILLAC
CHEVROLET
CHRYSLER DAIHATSU DATSUN
DODGE EAGLE FIAT FORD
GEO GMC HONDA HYUNDAI
INFINITI ISUZU ITASCA JEEP
KIA LAND ROVER LEXUS LINCOLN
MAZDA MERCURY MITSUBISHI NISSAN
OLDSMOBILE PLYMOUTH PONTIAC RENAULT
SAAB SATURN STERLING SUBARU
SUZUKI TOYOTA VOLKSWAGEN VOLVO
YUGO

Need information on how to remove your front axle shaft, see removal & installation technical information at the following site: http://www.rockfordcv.com/rcvinsp.htm. If you order your parts from us we can provide free technical phone support if required during installation.

CV JOINT TROUBLESHOOTING

When troubleshooting CV problems, there are three steps to the inspection, we provide a detailed explanation for each in the following paragraphs:

  • Road Test
  • Visual Inspection
  • Testing in a Shop

ROAD TEST:

Check vehicle under all situations that may indicate a failure of CV components: acceleration, deceleration, coasting, soft and hard turns, figure 8's, constant speeds, and driving straight ahead. Listen for any of the following indicators:

Clicking or clunking noise when coasting, or at constant speed
  • may indicate outer CV wear
  • may indicate suspension/steering wear
Clicking noise on turns
  • may indicate outer CV wear
  • may indicate worn/damaged wheel bearings
Clunking noise in accel/deceleration, or on turns
  • may indicate outer CV wear
  • may indicate inner CV wear
  • may indicate transaxle gear damage
  • may indicate suspension/steering wear
Shudder or vibration at constant low speeds
  • may indicate loose/damaged suspension parts
  • may indicate worn inner CV component
  • may indicate improperly torque axle nut
  • may indicate out of balance tire
Shudder or shimmy during acceleration
  • may indicate worn/sticking inner CV joint
  • may indicate incorrect ride height
  • may indicate worn/loose suspension parts
Shudder or vibration at constant highway speeds
  • may indicate worn/loose suspension parts
  • may indicate worn inner CV joint
  • may indicate improperly torque axle nut
  • may indicate out of balance tire
VISUAL INSPECTION:

 

Carefully check all the components for possible wear.

Check CV boots for any seepage, cracks, or tears. Any loose of lubrication will result in irreparable damage, leading to the replacement of the driveaxle.

Check CV boots for type of material. Older rubber or neoprene boots allow contaminants inside even if there is not noticeable damage. Check for any type of dry-rot or stress-damage. Hard-plastic boots allow contamination without noticeable damage, due to their nature of being hard to seal. These types of boots should be replaced with a new boot kit, and components inspected for damage. Any wear or contamination will indicate the need for the replacement of the axle with a re-manufactured driveaxle.

Inspect the CV shaft for damage or wear. Shafts equipped with torsional dampeners often are loose under load, causing a vibration, and should be replaced with a solid shaft, as found with our re-manufactured shafts.

Check all suspension pieces for wear. Often worn suspension and steering items are misdiagnosed as CV problems.

TESTING IN A SHOP:

Insure that the suspension is fully supported when being operated in the shop for diagnosis. Do not allow the driveaxles to be overextended by the full drop of the suspension components. Place a support under the steering arms to allow the drivetrain to assume a "normal" operating angle.

Notice that symptoms may not occur in the shop, due to no torque load on the driveaxles.

WEATHER CRACKED OR TORN BOOTS:

Most noticeable on older rubber or neoprene boots, any kind of dry-rot or weather-checking or tearing can cause serious problems. These boots serve as a seal to keep the lubricant in and the contaminants out of the joint. Any sign of aging will result in contaminants entering the joint.

Suction is caused in the inner boot any time the vehicle hits a bump, or hill, as the inner joints "plunge" to facilitate road contour. The outer boot experiences expansion every time the vehicle turns, due to heat build-up then suction as the unit cools.

These natural actions will cause dirt and moisture to enter the boot through the weak spots. Once contaminated, the lubricant will break down. If the grease breaks down enough, the metal parts will actually start to rub, causing irreparable damage, leading to the replacement of the drive shaft.

The real benefit to you is to avoid more costly repairs later, avoid being stranded on the road, unable to move, when the boot failure had the final result of catastrophic joint failure.

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Detailed repair procedure with drawing is available at http://www.rockfordcv.com/rcvinsp.htm

Many motorists are unaware that using axles outfitted with poorly manufactured front wheel driveaxle parts could lead to;
(1) the complete failure of the shaft leaving the driver and his or her family stranded,
(2) the disintegration of the unit while in motion which in turn could puncture the transmission or some other area under the car, or
(3) the loss of control over the vehicle and the possibility of a life threatening accident.

 

 
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