CV Joint and Boot Service

A CV axle is made up of 2 CV joints. The axle transmits torque from the engine and transmission to drive the vehicle's wheels.

Constant velocity joints, or CV joints are universal joints that are able to transfer torque at large angles efficiently. These CV joints transfer power very smoothly. They are comprised of four basic parts:

  • The outer section, which has grooves machined on its inner surface
  • The bearings, which are usually in a "cage"
  • The inner ball, which has grooves on its outer surface for the bearings to ride in
  • A rubber boot to protect the unit from dirt and moisture.

What Will Steering and Suspension System Services Cost?

A common cause of CV joint failure is cracks in the CV boot. When the boot is cracked, it allows dirt and grit to mix with the grease and wear down the parts of the joint. A clicking noise heard when turning is the most common symptom of CV joint problems. The CV boots should be replaced as soon as cracking is visible in their rubber folds.

Important Note: Never open a boot to inspect the CV joint. The boots are airtight and if opened, the CV joint will require servicing.

What Will CV Joint and Boot Services Cost?

Contact your local Fasterlube dealer for specific pricing information for CV joint and boot service. For the most accurate estimate, take your vehicle to Fasterlube for a free inspection of your car brakes. Our trained technicians can then assess your vehicle's needs, answer any questions and review your options.

Tire Rotation

Why should I rotate my tires?

As you drive along the road, your tire tread is rubbing off on the road surface. That is what is known as tire wear. Tire rotation ensures that all of the tires wear evenly in order to extend the length of the tire's life on your vehicle. You see, front tires wear on the outside because the tire leans over when you turn the vehicle. Rear tires wear much less because they follow the front tires. So, in order to make sure the tires wear evenly, you want to change which tires are in the front to keep one pair of tires from wearing out too quickly.

When should I rotate my tires?

Most technicians recommend tire rotation every 6,000 to 7,500 miles. Check your vehicle's owner's manual for your manufacturer's recommendations.

Proper Air Pressure

Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. Check the air pressure in your tires every other time you stop to fill up for gas. The correct air pressure may be found in the vehicle owner's manual or on the placard (on the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove compartment door, or gas door).

Shocks & Struts

Weak shocks and struts won't necessarily create a driving hazard if you continue to drive on them, but there are studies that show worn shocks/struts increase the distance it takes to stop a vehicle on a rough surface; it can also increase the risk of skidding on wet or slick surfaces. Worn shocks/struts also increase suspension wear and can have an effect on tire wear.

Shocks vs Struts

Shocks and struts are important for a smooth ride. Both shocks and struts give a perfect and comfortable ride. It is not only just for comfort that shocks and struts are present in vehicles; both shocks and struts also improve the safety of the vehicle, keeping the vehicle in good suspension. Most of the time, people do not see any difference between shocks and struts; they consider the two to be synonyms. Though shocks and struts are almost the same, they differ in their design and functions.

While struts form an integral part of the suspension, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road. Struts also serve as pivots for the steering rack, and replaces upper arm control. On the other hand, shocks just dampen resonant vibrations, and help to maintain a smooth drive.
Well, another difference that can be seen, is that struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.

When comparing shocks and struts, it is noticeable that struts are needed more than shocks. It has been said that one can drive a car without shocks, but one cannot drive a car if there are no struts.
Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for the vehicle. Struts help the vehicle to conform to the road. When the vehicle moves or bounces, struts aide the compression and recoiling of the springs. Shocks help vehicles to recoil back to their old position after hitting bumps. Where shocks dampen the leaf springs, struts dampen the coil springs.

Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.

When comparing their price, struts are more expensive than shocks. Moreover, the labour charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.
Summary:

1. Struts form an integral part of the suspension. On the other hand, shocks just absorb the bumps from the road.

2. Struts are present on the front part of the vehicle, and shocks are found on the rear part of the vehicle.

3. Unlike shocks, struts provide structural support for vehicles.

4. Shocks come in multiple pieces, whereas struts come in a single piece, with an inbuilt spring and surrounded by springs.

5. Struts are more expensive than shocks. The labor charge for installing struts is also higher than for installing shocks.

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