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Drive Train Service in CHICAGO at Thom's Four Wheel Drive

Drive Train Service in CHICAGO at Thom's Four Wheel Drive

The drive train in your vehicle includes all the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels. Those components differ depending on what type of vehicle you drive, namely, front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The preventive maintenance your driveshaft needs will also differ by what type of vehicle you drive.Let's start with front-wheel drive. In this vehicle, the transmission and the differential are combined in one component, known as the transaxle. The transaxle is connected to two half-shafts (axles), which are then connected to the wheels with a constant velocity (or CV) joint, which is protected by an airtight rubber boot.Thom's Four Wheel Drive service for this type of driveline includes servicing the transaxle and inspecting the CV boot. If the boot is damaged, the CV joint will need to be inspected, and the boot will need to be replaced. If you hear a clicking n ... read more

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Vive la Differential at Thom's Four Wheel Drive in CHICAGO

Vive la Differential at Thom's Four Wheel Drive in CHICAGO

There are a lot of drivers in CHICAGO who are due for a differential service, but had never heard of a differential before.With front-wheel drive being so common in Illinois these days, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most CHICAGO folks don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of your mind. It's not uncommon for people in CHICAGO to not know they have a differential, let alone know that it needs service.To better understand what a differential does, think about a track at any Illinois high school. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each run ... read more

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