All you need to know about CV joints and CV boots
A car’s drive shaft system’s crucial components are its CV joints and CV boot. Without these two important components, you will not be able to accelerate and turn your car's wheels. Once these a damaged, then the entire driveshaft system fails and you will need to decide on a fast solution to ensure complete balance over the vehicle and to maintain safety. The front Wheels of the car has 2 CV joints on each of the drive axles, you will find each attached to the tire and to the car transmission.
When the CV joints are undamaged, you can drive your car up to 100000 miles without going in for a repair or replacement. Once the CV joint fails, it could cause dangerous situations and affect the safety of the people inside the car as well as outside on the road. Damaged or failing CV joints could be perilous as the engines will no longer be able to transfer power to the Wheels of the car. Your car will have to be sent for CV Joint repairs.
l Failure of the CV joint:
It is quite easy to identify when the CV joint of your car is failing. While the car is in motion you will find that it starts to pull as it loses its power on the wheel that has a failing CV joint. On the complete breakage of the CV joint, the wheel will stop responding and the car will not turn. The front tyres too will not position in the same direction and smoke will emanate from the area.
l Indications of CV joint failure:
If you know where to see and look for symptoms of CV joint failure, then you could easily recognise it. The CV joint failure will be accompanied with vibrations, loud clunking and squeaking noises during acceleration, grinding or turning sounds. You will also find grease splatter on your tires which indicates that lubrication is leaking out.
l CV boot:
The CV joints Of the drive shaft are protected with rubber CV boots or plastic in which grease that lubricates the joints is held in. Once the CV but fails, the grease collects dirt, moisture and grime which in turn will damage the joint. It is important that you regularly check whether the CV boots are functioning properly. Inspect it for any wear and tear, damage, cracks, rips, splits to the CV boot. If it is damaged and opened out in any way, the wheels will not function the way you want it and the car will have to be sent for a CV Boot repair. In addition to this, it is also important to check for loose and missing clams.
Put your fingers and test whether Grease is leaking out. Check for the texture of the grease by rubbing it between your fingers. This will indicate whether it is contaminated with dirt and grime or whether it is in its purest form.