Advanced Distribution is one of the only places in Bakersfield that replaces drivelines for fleet vehicles. When your driveline kicks the bucket, there is typically no reviving it, and that means replacing it. Without a proper working driveline, your truck isn’t moving from where it’s parked.
The driveline connects the transmission to the axels, which gets you where you need to go. It transmits the torque from the transmission through various speed ranges and various angles to the axels, while compensating for changes in length. If your driveline is out of commission you’ll know it. It means there’s no torque reaching the axels and your wheels won’t be moving anywhere anytime soon.
U-joint: Or universal joint. This is a flexible pivot point that transfers power allowing for different angles of the driveshaft.
CV joints: Or constant velocity joints, are designed to bend in any direction while continuing to turn the wheels at a constant velocity.
Differentials: This is where the power reaches the wheels.
Axels: A rotating shaft that sit on either side of the differential and delivers power from the final drive assembly to the wheels.
Driveshaft: A tube of steel that is linked to the transmission on one end, and the wheels at the other, transferring the power from the transmission to other vehicle components.
The driveline doesn’t operate in a straight line, but instead an angle at about 6 degrees, to account for the engine and transmission being mounted hight off the ground in comparison to the axels. This means that drivelines are exposed to weather, debris, environmental conditions and anything else a driver could hit or run over while operating the fleet vehicle. The life of a driveline really depends on the driver’s habits and environmental conditions or accidents. Sometimes drivelines will last for years, while other times they’re driven too hard and wear out or break.