A constant velocity joint is a mechanical coupling in which the rotational speed of the output shaft is the same as that of the input shaft whatever the operating angle of the joint.In most applications, the inboard CV Joint is a plunge joint that allows the effective length of the sideshaft to change due to suspension travel. In front (or steer) axle applications, the outboard joint must transfer torque effectively through a wide angle In axle applications.
The CV joints (Constant Velocity Joint*), connect your car’s wheels to the transmission and are one of the most common items to replace or service on a front wheel drive car. The bearings in your CV joints experience a tremendous amount of use and come under extreme pressure from both the transmission and steering function, especially when acting at the same time.
A clear sign that your CV joints need replacing is the distinct sound of a “clack, clack, clack” coming from the front wheels when the car is in motion and turning hard right or left.
To help reduce wear and tear, the CV Joints are packed with grease. It is important to keep the CV ‘Boots’ maintained. These keep the grease in place and whilst very durable they are still susceptible to damage and tearing from foreign objects being thrown up off the road.
Once they start to leak the risk of accelerated wear on the CVJoint’s moving parts is dramatically increased. Having these checked with your regular service is always a good idea.
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