Rear Axels

Is your vehicle’s back axle leaking oil? Is the rear differential droning?

Is your car’s trailing arm bush split and needs to be replaced? Is there play in rose joint? Your vehicle’s stub axle may be worn. Auto Experts Medway in Chatham is the local garage to use in Medway close to both Gillingham and Rochester.

Rear Axle:

On vehicles an axle is generally referring to the shaft itself, its housing, or simply any transverse pair of wheels. Strictly speaking, a shaft which rotates with the wheel, being either bolted or splined in fixed relation to it, is called an axle.

In rear wheel drive vehicles the engine turns a driveshaft, also called a propellor shaft which transmits rotational force to a drive axle at the rear of the vehicle.
The drive axle may be a live axle, but modern rear wheel drive vehicles generally use a split axle with a differential. In this case, one half axle or halfshaft connects the differential with the left rear wheel, and second one does the same with the right rear wheel; thus the two half-axles and the differential constitute the rear axle.

A dead axle, also called lazy axle, is not part of the drivetrain but is instead free rotating. The back axle of a front wheel drive car is usually a dead axle. A dead back axle normally has a stub axle that holds the wheel bearing and brakes.

Trailing Arm:

Some rear axles are actually a rear trailing arm and may incorporate a rose joint and bushes. A trailing arm may have a rear bush pressed into the arm which is attached to the vehicle’s under body by a nut and bolt.

Common Faults:

The most common fault with rear wheel drive axles will be a droning noise from a wheel bearing or rear differential. This could be due to an oil leak or simply that a wheel bearing has worn out, is sounding rough and needs to be replaced.

Other common faults may be a worn rose joint or trailing arm bush. Bushes can split over time and a rose joint may have too much play in it causing uneven tyre wear due to too much movement.

Why Choose Auto Experts Medway?

We at Auto Experts Medway in Medway have established a superb reputation for high quality replacement services, refer to our testimonials from our customers from Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester on our testimonial page.
On many occasions when carrying out a diagnosis a partial strip down is necessary. Should you agree to have any necessary work completed at this time, this initial diagnosis becomes free due to the fact that your vehicle has been partially stripped down already.
So if your vehicle has a droning noise or the stub axle is worn or there is too much play in a rose joint. Come to Auto Experts Medway in Chatham we are close to both Gillingham and Rochester in Medway making us the idea garage for shoppers and commuters.

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