Axles

Complete Care for Your Vehicle

When it comes to the safety of your vehicle, axles are right up there with brakes and tires. Axles connect to your wheels and bear the weight of your vehicle. They also drive your vehicle. In many cars axles are an integral part of the steering system.

Many people think of an axle as a bar between two wheels (a straight axle), like you’d find on a little red wagon. However, in truth most axles are far more complex. That’s why it’s important to know an axle expert, like your Meineke San Bernardino technician, who will keep your axles working properly.

Today, most axles are split axles. This means the wheel on each side is attached to a separate shaft. This allows independent suspension of the left and right wheels for a smoother ride. It also allows your wheels to rotate at different speeds as you turn, improving traction and extending tire life.

Many car designs combine the operation of the transmission, the differential, and related parts of the drive axle into one assembly, called a transaxle. In rear ­wheel drive vehicles, the transmission is connected to a drive shaft which turns the drive axle in the back of the car. In some designs the axle is connected at the wheel by the CV (Constant Velocity) joint. This is covered by a ​CV Joint​ Boot. It’s important to make sure the CV boot is not cracked or leaking. Cracked or torn CV boots can cause grease to leak out, possibly resulting in serious damage to the joint and axle.