Many people who drive cars, really don't understand very much about their automobiles parts or how the individual components function alone and together. However, understanding at the very basics about drive axles will help you to understand the need to have these axles checked regularly and repaired when needed.
A drive axle is an axle that turns the cars wheels and is powered by the engine. Not all car axles are powered by the vehicles engines and the terms front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive refer to the axle or axles that the engines actually power.
Contrary to what most people believe, the drive axle is actually an extremely complicated piece of equipment, that has several interconnecting systems that interface so your vehicle responds the way you expect it to when you steer your car as you are driving down the road, turning the corner, and pulling into parking spaces. And like all complicated pieces of equipment there is a lot that go wrong with your drive axle, which is why you should have your car's drive axle inspected regularly every 6 months or so.
Quick Drive Axle Inspections During Oil or Tire Changes
If you have your car's oil changed, tires rotated or new tires put on your car, the mechanic will often do a quick inspection of your drive axle while providing these other services and will report to you any problems he finds and the seriousness of these problems. He will also explain to you how soon you should get the problem attended to and the difficulties that could arise should you fail to address the problem.
However, more and more people in an effort to save money, have begun doing their own oil changes and rotating, and changing their tires, which means that those drive axles are not being inspected as often as they should be. While it is certainly okay to do your own oil and tire changes and doing so will save you money, you should schedule an appointment to have your drive axle examined on a regular basis by a qualified mechanic that knows what problems to look for and can any repair problem before something goes terribly wrong. Having your drive axle inspected at least once a year if not every 6 months will assure you that your drive axle is in good shape or allow you to learn of problems before you are stranded along side the road or worse.
In most cases, you can include a drive axle inspection with an overall maintenance inspection on your car saving you time, money, and a prolonged stay for you vehicle at the auto repair shop. Give us a call at 253-627-0252 to see if we can help you with the maintenance of your vehicle, or fill out the simple query form below.