Drivetrain Service & Repair

Your vehicle’s drivetrain, in the simplest of terms, is what gives power to your wheels. Depending on your type of vehicle (manual, automatic, front-wheel, four-wheel, and on) the drivetrain may look a little different and include different parts. We’re sharing the biggest signs of issues with your drivetrain and what parts are usually impacted.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms in your car, call your local Kennedy shop immediately for a diagnosis.

Drivetrain Parts and Problems

Drive Shaft & U-Joints
Drive shafts are commonly found on trucks, SUVs, and other rear-wheel vehicles, and it essentially connects the transmission with the rear differential. It’s a strong but light, steel tube that ensures the power created at the front of the car makes it to the back.

A common issue with drive shafts is that they require lubrication in the U-joints, or the piece that holds the drive shaft in place. If those aren’t properly cared for, then your drive shaft can actually separate from your car. Because of this, our specialists advise you get this piece regularly check.

If you’re hearing a squeaking when you accelerate from a stop or while you’re driving, then it’s time to bring it into Kennedy for a diagnosis.

CV Shafts & Boots
The CV shaft and boots are in all front-wheel drive cars, and their job is to connect the drive shaft to the wheels. Since these parts can be easily cracked, our drivetrain specialists recommend that your CV shafts and boots are inspected with every oil change as a part of your preventative maintenance.

A common sign of issues is hearing a clicking or clunking noise while turning on your vehicle; it could mean it’s cracked, which allows dirt into the joint and ends up requiring both the boot and the joint be replaced. If you think there may be an issue with your CV shafts and boots, get it checked at a Kennedy Transmission shop before the problem worsens.

Transfer Case
You know how the drive shaft brings power from the front of the car to the back? Well, the transfer case is part of that effort. It “transfers” power from the transmission to the front and rear axles using the drive shafts. The case is filled with lubricant fluid to ensure the gears stay cool, and it’s important to have this fluid checked and changed every 30,000 miles or so – which can be done alongside your engine oil change.

Common issues with the transfer case include fluid leak and cracking. If you are having trouble changing gears, this could simply mean that your fluids need to be replaced. If you’re hearing unusual noises while you shift, it’s important to get your car into the shop immediately.

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Kennedy Transmission Brake & Auto Service is the number one destination for all your automotive drivetrain parts. We’ll diagnose your vehicle and fix it right the first time. Find a shop near you today!

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