DEPENDABLE DRIVE SHAFT REPAIR SERVICES
Most vehicles use a straight-line or rigid drive shaft to turn the wheels. Gearing is needed to change the direction of power (or torque) from a straight-line to a rotary line of power distribution. In front-engine, rear-drive vehicles, a longer drive shaft will be needed in order to send power the length of the vehicle. The reverse applies to front-wheel-driven vehicles. Either way, most drive shafts use a U-joint to allow it to flex with road imperfections, such as bumps and potholes, to maintain the stability of the tires and vehicle. If any of these elements are faulty or break down, a drive shaft repair is necessary. We have over 30 years of experience repairing drive shafts in Houston and Katy, Texas.
DRIVE SHAFT AND CHASSIS WORK TOGETHER
The chassis and drive shaft are used to provide stability while operating a vehicle. Should these parts fail, it can render any vehicle motionless necessitating immediate drive shaft repair to operate or drive the vehicle. A faulty drive shaft can be dangerous, because if you suddenly lose the ability to control your car’s speed or direction you could be involved in a collision.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DRIVE SHAFTS
Although they perform essentially the same function, different drive shafts are used by different vehicles. There is typically one type of drive shaft for rear-wheel-driven vehicles, another for front-wheel-driven vehicles and another for all-wheel-driven vehicles. There is also Quadratrac, one of the latest innovations of the car industry. It’s basically an all-wheel-drive vehicle that requires a drive shaft that powers all the wheels simultaneously. It also requires other parts such as differentials, to allow for differences in turning radius between the outer and inner wheels.
WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF A DRIVE SHAFT?
In order to move a vehicle, gas is fed into the piston chambers of the engine and ignited, creating compression and pressure that starts the process that will eventually cause the car to move. Pistons move up and down through the engine and transmission gearing to rotate the drive shaft. This motion feeds into rotary motion and causes the wheels to turn.
Engines whether diesel or combustion, require multiple parts working without fail to provide continuous horsepower and torque during operation. The power the drive shafts offer provide the velocity needed for both on-road and off-road applications. Dysfunction of these parts can happen due to age or natural deterioration.
The exchange of force from the engine and transmission to the drive shaft creates a tension. As if opening a jar of pickles you have to exert the same force from when you start to open the jar until you actually open the jar. Torque is constant on a drive shaft. What occurs is the exchange of vertical energy to rotary energy.
The drive shaft provides the power from transmission to the axle or wheel. It is a component that transmits torque, the force generated by an internal-combustion engine, to turn a vehicle’s drive shaft. Vehicles with a clutch or gearbox are mounted on the engine with a drive shaft. They are essential and must be serviced regularly to withstand constant use. A central Tran’s axle from the gear box and two drive shafts, one from each side extending out to the wheels is found in a front-wheel drive. My Transmission Experts provides drive shaft repair and replacement services for most makes of cars. Don’t hesitate to contact our local drive shaft shop to get a free estimate.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A BAD DRIVE SHAFT?
If you suspect there is something wrong with your drive shaft we encourage you to call us or another reputable transmission repair shop in Houston, Kingwood or Katy immediately. Driving a car with a bad drive shaft or one that is starting to go out is a big safety risk. If you already used a diagnostic testing tool to get the transmission error code but don’t know what it means, check out this list of the most common errors.
One sign that your drive shaft is going bad is a loud thumping sound when shifting into reverse. Another indication that you need a drive shaft repaired is a loud vibrating sound coming from beneath your vehicle. Usually the vibration will be on the left or right side, because the chances of them going out on both sides at the same time is nearly impossible. Drive shafts do not have any moving parts, so they do not go bad very often. However, they can wear out or be faulty from the beginning.
Call Today to Schedule a Drive Shaft Repair in Katy or Houston, Texas
Do you suspect that your drive shaft is going out? Or has your car stopped working entirely and you think it is due to a transmission problem like the u-joint or drive shaft? If so, give us call today to schedule a free drive shaft repair estimate. We have over 30 years of experience serving the local community and we’d be honored for you to call us your local transmission shop.