Your Jeep's unmatched road mobility and drivability is made possible through its high performance mechanisms such as the drivetrain. This is responsible for delivering engine power to the road's surface. It enables your vehicle to smoothly navigate the road at any conditions. One important assembly that comprises the drivetrain is the CV axle shaft. This is composed of the CV shaft, boot, and the Jeep CV joint. They are engineered with the ability to supply torque to the wheels as it is steered and while the suspensions moves up and down. These are all used on front-wheel-drive and most four-wheel-drive vehicles, wherein one shaft assembly is geared at each side which is sometimes referred as haldshaft.
The Jeep CV joint works by allowing a rotating shaft to convey power into a variable angle at a stable rotational speed, without causing an increase in friction or play. It is composed of the inner and outer joint, where both are sheathed with a protective boot. The inner joint is designed to slide in and out and thus, make adjustments in the whole length of the shaft assembly. This is essentially important when making some modifications in the vehicle's suspension travel and ride height. From there, the main section of the axle shafts couples the outer CV joint. The outer joint has the capacity to provide smooth and even torque transfer even when the wheels are turned sharply. The entire CV joint then couples to the wheel hub and bearing assembly.
Have your CV joint inspected as well as its protective boots. Usually the boot is the first thing that wears out due to rocks, ice, other road hazards, and normal wear. A broken boot can allow the lubricant to seep out of the joints and encourage dirt and moisture to enter the joint. If this is not corrected earlier, it can damage the joints due to lack of lubrication and will cost you much in replacing both the boot and the joint.
A clicking noise when turning is usually a symptom of a defective outer CV joint. On the other hand, a shudder, clunking sound, and vibration when accelerating and decelerating usually comes from a poorly working inner CV joint. If there is any indication of any of these in your vehicle, have it investigated by a qualified service technician as soon as possible in order for it to be corrected at once.
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