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What Are CV Joints?

Your car's CV joints are essential components that help to transfer power from the transmission to the wheels, allowing your car to move forward. These joints are subjected to constant stress and can wear out over time, leading to a bumpy and uncomfortable ride. Here's what you need to know about CV joints and when to replace them:

What are CV Joints?

CV joints, or constant velocity joints, are components that allow your car's wheels to turn smoothly while maintaining a constant velocity. They are located at the ends of the front axle and are covered by protective boots filled with lubricating grease. Over time, these boots can crack or tear, allowing dirt and moisture to enter and causing the joint to wear out.

When to Replace CV Joints

Signs of Bad CV Joints Include:

  • A clicking or popping sound when turning your car
  • Vibration or shaking while driving, particularly at higher speeds
  • Protective boot may appear damaged or leaking grease

It's important to replace worn CV joints as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle's drivetrain. A damaged CV joint can cause the axle to break, which can be dangerous and result in costly repairs.

Regular Maintenance Can Help Extend the Life of Your CV Joints

While CV joints will eventually wear out, there are steps you can take to help extend their life. Regular maintenance, such as checking the condition of the protective boots and replacing them if necessary, can help to prevent dirt and moisture from entering the joint and causing damage.

CV joints are an essential component of your car's drivetrain and play a crucial role in ensuring a smooth and safe ride. If you notice any signs of wear or damage, please bring your car to Todd Holliday's Winchester Tire & Alignment

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