What is a driveline?
Your car’s driveline (also called a drivetrain) transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Simple, right? But the driveline is actually a complex component of your car because it must account for the movement of the wheels when you steer. Virginia Tire & Auto’s technicians are well-trained in inspecting, diagnosing and correcting any driveline issues we find so you can get back to driving with constant, smooth power.
How do I know when I need driveline service?
As with most intricate vehicle systems, it’s always best to check your owner’s manual to see when your manufacturer recommends getting driveline service. The general rule of thumb, however, is to have it inspected every 30,000–60,000 miles.
If your vehicle is vibrating, especially at high speeds, or starts making strange noises, again at high speeds, then those are probably good signs that you’re in need of driveline service. Another indicator is if you feel resistance while making tight turns.
Driveline Inspections at Virginia Tire & Auto
The driveshaft is a long metal tube that transfers power from the transmission to the other components of the vehicle. Depending on what drive your car has (front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, four wheel drive), it connects into one of two types of couplings: a Universal joint (U joint) or a Constant Velocity joint (CV joint). We will inspect your vehicle’s CV or U Joints using the following checkpoints:
CV boots for tears, splits or leakage of lubricant
CV joints for excessive movement due to worn components
Listening for clicks or thumps that indicate what type of further inspection is required
U boots for tears, splits or leakage of lubricant
U joints for excessive movement due to worn components
Checking for high-frequency vibrations at moderate speeds
Driveline Repairs & Services
Trust the ASE Certified Technicians at Virginia Tire & Auto for the repair, service and replacement of all your vehicle’s driveline components, including:
- CV Axles
- Drive Axles
- Drive Shaft Repair
- Fluid Exchanges
- Propeller Shafts
- Seals & Gaskets
- Slave Cylinders
- Torque Converter
- Transmission Mounts
- Transfer Cases
- U-Joints & CV Joints