Motors and Parts Including Universal Joints

Without universal joints, cars and motorcycles can grind to a halt. That's how crucial they are to vehicular integrity and function. The big irony of it all is that apparently, people don't actually see universal joints unless they are car makers, automobile enthusiasts or mechanics.

Extra information about universal joints

How It Works 

Universal joints are fun to watch in motion, their almost hypnotic, rhythmic and precise rotation a celebration of the best in mechanics. The genius behind universal joints is the mechanism that enables the joints to transmit rotary power at different shafts and angles. The joints accomplish this task without fail by helping compensate for the angular juxtaposition of parts.

So naturally, in case of failure, a rear wheel or four-wheel vehicle suffers the consequences. After all, the u-joint is part of the so-called drive shaft assembly. It's easy to diagnose the curious case of ailing joints. Do you hear any squeaky or clunky noise coming from under your vehicle? Also, do you feel some strange vibrations in the vehicle? Any transmission fluid leaks?

Diagnosing Car Problems Instinctively

Any or all of the above are telltale signs of u-joints gone bad. Luckily, it's not very difficult to solve the problem. And chances are, your favourite mechanic can easily fix this issue. But you can also try to fix the problem yourself, by following a few simple principles.

Being able to understand how u-joints do what they do can keep you out of harm's way especially when you have a long drive or road trip to tackle. You can't always bring a mechanic along let alone phone one if you need to. So being cognizant of the sights and sounds of lurking danger are instinctive ways to know what's going on with your vehicle.

Welcome to the Advanced Class

Want to advance to the master class? Here's the scoop. First, you have to identify or find the drive shaft and then remove it. At this point, you should be able to see the u-joint clearly. Second, you need to remove the rings that keep the joint in place. Third, remove the bearing cup so that you can easily pull out the joint. Fourth, put the replacement joint in place.

Secured in place, you can now put the drive shaft back. Ideally, it's better to have an experienced mechanic do all these things for you as he or she would have all the tools required. However, it's not impossible for a novice car enthusiast to try their luck. Who knows, you might discover a new skill that you can capitalize on.