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What are Drivelines and Axles?

Drivelines and axles are core components in the system that makes your car…well…drive. You want your car to drive, right? Like, you don’t just spend money every month on a car so that it can be lawn art, yeah? Okay. In that case, you really need drivelines and axles, which, while not being the most glamorous actors in the movie, are pretty damn important. Drivelines essentially transfer the power from your car’s engine to your wheels which, yeah, congrats Einstein, you figured out that’s a thing that your car definitely needs. A driveline (which is also called a driveshaft, so use whatever floats your boat, dude)is a long shaft that connects the transmission to the differential on some cars. Four-wheel drive cars have two drivelines: one that goes to the front differential and another that goes to the rear differential. Axles are closely linked to the driveline. Their objective and layout can change a little bit from car to car, but in general axles are the part of the drivetrain that actually get the wheels moving. They’re kind of the final stop in the whole process, and the part that makes the wheels do the thing you’re asking them to do.

How do Drivelines and Axles work?

The driveline, which is comprised of a series of tubes and joints, transfers rotational force from the transmission to the drive wheels. Axles, on the other hand, spline into the differential. When the gears inside the differential turn, the axles turn. And on rear-wheel drive can four-wheel drive cars, the differential gears are turned by the driveshaft. The driver presses the accelerator pedal, the engine produces power, power is transmitted to the transaxle or differential, and the CV axle or regular axle takes that power and powers the wheels to propel the car. Are you following? I’m guessing not, so we can wrap this up now before your head turns to oatmeal. It’s been a long day - I get it.

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