You're having a great morning on the trail. It's early so you're alone with the mountains and sky for company. Then you hear it, that clunking noise you've been pretending isn't there. Your rig starts to shimmy and shake, and just like that, you're not driving any more. Don't let a broken drive shaft happen to you.
Symptoms of a Sick Drive Shaft
The drive shaft is the conduit that transmits the engine's power to your wheels and causes them to rotate. When you're off-roading, the drive shafts take a lot of abuse. If your drive shaft is not working properly, it can stress other mechanics in your vehicle. Symptoms of a failing drive shaft include vibration in the cabin; squeaking noises while you're driving or clunking when you shift between drive and reverse or accelerate. Ignore the problem, and the drive shaft can stop sending power to the wheels.
A Boot May be the Culprit
Boots are a small part of the driving assembly that, if left unattended, can lead to big problems. Plastic or rubber boots keep water, dirt and debris away from the constant velocity joints (CV joints) that connect the drive shaft to the wheels of your Jeep. They keep the CV joints lubricated and clean. When a front drive shaft boot is damaged, grease leaks out and water gets in. If the defective boot is not fixed the entire axle may need to be replaced. Grease spots under the front axle or on the inside of a wheel are signs of a torn boot.
To keep your rig running smoothly, drive shaft boots should be inspected once a year. If you discover that you need replacements or you want to upgrade your current equipment see us at 4WD. You won't need to search for the right Jeep JK drive shaft boot. We've got it in stock and ready to ship to you, and our 100% price match guarantee means you'll get the best price available.
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