Drive axles, or constant velocity joints are the main drive component on most vehicles today. The axle consists of CV joints covered by rubber boots that contain grease keeping the joints lubricated. Your vehicles CV boots should be inspected regularly and if the boots crack or start to leak they should be replaced. If the CV joint becomes contaminated with road grimes or dirt, the axles (CV joint) may become damaged, increasing your expense and the possibility of a vehicle breakdown. The CV boot is a very important part of the CV axle. Proper maintenance and inspection can extend the life of the axle.
Any signs of leaking grease should be taken care of as soon as possible. One of the main causes of failure in CV boots is road grime collected from normal driving conditions. Road grime is abrasive and eats into the material of the CV boot, over time leaving your CV joints exposed to the elements.
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Should I consider using synthetic motor oil?
Synthetic engine oils are produced through a synthesis process that takes very small molecules and assembles them into larger designer molecules with premium lubricating properties.
What parts should be replaced at what intervals?
Each and every vehicle has a predetermined schedule of maintenance created by the manufacturer. It is generally best to follow your manufacturers advice regarding part replacement.
How do I keep track of routine maintenance?
Keeping track of your vehicle's maintenance is easy and a great way to add value by proving you have indeed maintained your vehicle properly. It's best to keep a file or notebook to keep your maintenance receipts for future reference.