Drivetrain Maintenance and Repair

Your drivetrain is not a single part, but rather a complex combination of parts which transfer power from your engine to your wheels.  If one of these parts fails, the results can be devastating.  This is why it’s important to inspect the parts of your drivetrain on a regular basis and repair any worn parts you may encounter.

Drivetrain Components

The following parts are usually considered components of your vehicle’s drivetrain:  

  • Driveshaft  – This connects your transmission to the rest of your your drivetrain parts, ultimately powering the wheels.
  • CV (Constant Velocity) Joints – These are flexible joints connected to the driveshaft designed to bend while still driving the wheels at a constant velocity. 
  • Differential –  This allows for the wheels to turn at different rates when turning corners.  
  • Axle Shafts – These connect the differential to the wheels. 
  • U-Joint –  A Universal joint which allows the drive shaft to operate at different angles without stress. 

How Do I Know If I Have a Drivetrain problem?

It can be difficult to pinpoint the problem since there are many parts which contribute to getting power to your wheels, but the following symptoms usually indicate a problem with one of the parts of your drivetrain.  If your vehicle exhibits any of these symptoms, bring it to 5 Points and we can diagnose it for you.

  • Steering feels loose or unresponsive
  • Your transmission fluid is cloudy or muddy looking
  • You hear grinding noises coming from your front end 
  • Your check engine light comes on 



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