What is a drivetrain?
Your car’s drivetrain transfers power from the engine to the wheels. Simple, right? The drivetrain is actually a complex component of your car because it must account for the movement of the wheels during steering. Virginia Tire & Auto’s technicians are well-trained in inspecting, diagnosing and correcting any drivetrain issues we find so you can get back to driving with constant, smooth power.
How do we perform a drivetrain inspection?
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 perform the inspection required for your vehicle’s drivetrain 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