What is a CV Shaft?
With the majority of vehicles on our roads today being either front wheel drive or all wheel drive, CV shafts which are the drive shafts that carry the power from the engine and transmission to the wheels are one of the most common components requiring replacement.
About our joints
Our range of new replacement CV Shafts are supplied with Constant Velocity Joints (or CV joints). CV Joints allow a rotating shaft to transmit power through a variable angle, at constant rotational velocity, without an appreciable increase in friction or play. They are mainly used in front wheel drive and all wheel drive cars. However, rear wheel drive cars with independent rear suspensions typically use CV joints at the ends of the rear axle half shafts.
There are two basic applications of CV joints, one near the wheel called the outboard joint and the other close to the transaxle known as the inboard joint. They are also categorized according to there operating requirements. If a CV joint is fixed and does not move in or out with movements of the driveshaft it is known as a fixed CV joint. If the joint does move in and out, usually up to 40mm, it is known as a plunging CV joint.