Drive Axle Parts
About Drive Axle Parts
The drive axle is especially an axle driven by the engine, and the transmission and front axle are usually merged into a component known as a transaxle in the new front-wheel drive automobiles. The specification for rear-wheel drive cars could differ but the assembly would be the same.
How It Works?
There are many axles in a vehicle, including drive axles, axles of constant velocity (CV) and a few multi-joint axles for custom applications. The drive axle's principal function would be to move the engine power from the transmission to the wheels or hubs. The drive axle would not move and is built for vehicles with a direct shot of the axle to the hub or transaxle. Generally used in mid-engine or rear-wheel drive cars. Constant velocity joints will allow a drive shaft to transmit power at a constant rotational speed through a variable angle without a significant increase in friction. These are commonly used in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The rear-wheel drive cars with separate rear suspension use CV joints at the end of the rear axle half shafts. The constant velocity joints would be secured by a rubber boot and a CV gaiter.