Many drivers are not aware that the performance of their vehicle's wheel system is basically dependent on the condition of their car struts and axles. These components are involved in the steering, driving, and braking of the vehicle, linking the power from the engine to the wheels. They carry the whole weight of the vehicle, plus passengers and cargo. If undamaged, these components can last up to 100,000 miles without need for replacement.

Have you wondered how axles and car struts or shocks are related? Simply stated, the axles are connected to the front wheels. They transfer the torque from the transmission to the drive wheels. But what happens if your axle breaks while driving? The effect is immediate and dangerous since power is no longer being transferred from the engine to the tires. Controlling the steering of the vehicle will not be possible and you may find yourself stranded in the middle of the road.

Preventing axle failure is possible by knowing what to listen for and where to look. If an axle begins to fail while driving, your car will start to pull to one side as one wheel loses power. When the axle breaks completely its corresponding wheel will no longer turn and although the engine may still run, the car won't move. You may see smoke coming from the axle and your front tires won't point in the same direction since one will be completely disconnected.

What do you do if your axle breaks while driving? Try to get out of the line of traffic if at all possible and call a tow truck.

Have more questions about car struts, shocks, and axles? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Do you ever wonder what happens if your axle breaks while driving? Ask your mechanic at Big Lake Automotive to schedule an inspection of your car shocks.
07
Dec
2018

Many drivers are not aware that the performance of their vehicle's wheel system is basically dependent on the condition of their car struts and axles. These components are involved in the steering, driving, and braking of the vehicle, linking the power from the engine to the wheels. They carry the whole weight of the vehicle, plus passengers and cargo. If undamaged, these components can last up to 100,000 miles without need for replacement.

Have you wondered how axles and car struts or shocks are related? Simply stated, the axles are connected to the front wheels. They transfer the torque from the transmission to the drive wheels. But what happens if your axle breaks while driving? The effect is immediate and dangerous since power is no longer being transferred from the engine to the tires. Controlling the steering of the vehicle will not be possible and you may find yourself stranded in the middle of the road.

Preventing axle failure is possible by knowing what to listen for and where to look. If an axle begins to fail while driving, your car will start to pull to one side as one wheel loses power. When the axle breaks completely its corresponding wheel will no longer turn and although the engine may still run, the car won't move. You may see smoke coming from the axle and your front tires won't point in the same direction since one will be completely disconnected.

What do you do if your axle breaks while driving? Try to get out of the line of traffic if at all possible and call a tow truck.

Have more questions about car struts, shocks, and axles? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

Bob Lubrecht