Why Is It Important to Check Your CV Boots Regularly?

August 25, 2020 Published by Leave your thoughts

Constant velocity (CV) boots, also known as “CV joints” or “rubber boots” in the mechanical world, are found in all front-wheel-drive vehicles and in many rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Their purpose is to transfer torque from the drive shaft and into the wheels, allowing for the vehicle’s suspension system to move up and down freely in a way that prevents passengers in the vehicle from noticing nearly as many bumps in the road.

CV boots in Flagstaff, AZ are designed in a way that they retain the grease in that CV joint or in other active car joints, preventing contamination of that grease by debris or dust and other chemicals while you’re driving. However, over time those boots can wear out or sustain damage, and if that happens, it becomes important to replace them as soon as possible. A failure to replace a damaged CV boot will result in more extensive damage to the driveshaft or CV joint, which will be significantly more expensive to resolve.

Check your boots for better operation and financial savings

For this reason, you should check the condition of your CV boots on a regular basis, so you can determine the extent of the wear and tear they have already experienced and whether imminent repairs will be necessary. Read on for more information about how to check your CV boots in Flagstaff, AZ.

Part of maintaining this system also ensures removing and servicing the driveshaft on a regular basis. Over time, the grease in the system will lose its ability to properly lubricate all the moving parts, so by removing and servicing the driveshaft and replacing the grease, you’ll be able to significantly extend the lifespan of the CV joint and the boot.

As you inspect your CV joint, it is important to know some of the red flags you should be watching for. Common signs of potential CV joint failure include grease leaking onto the inner sections of the wheels, unusual clicking noises while you’re making turns and vibrations occurring around the CV axle.

The CV axle is the part that transfers power into the wheels from the transmission, which then propels the vehicle forward. A flexible CV joint allows the axle to flex in a wide variety of ways to allow the wheels to move during turns and as the suspension travels as well. That joint gets covered in the rubber CV boot, which acts as a dust cover for that CV joint to keep out dust and dirt.

Sometimes the problems with CV joints are caused by faulty CV boots. If there is a problem with the boot, then it no longer is able to protect the CV joint from exposure to dirt and debris. This means you should also check the CV boot regularly for signs of damage, including scrapes, holes and other types of wear, or spots where leaks have been occurring.

For more information about better maintenance of your CV joints and boots in Flagstaff, AZ, we encourage you to contact the mobile semi truck repair team at Maclin Truck & Trailer with any questions.

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