Mercedes Cv Joint Makes Ruggedness a Stroll in the Park

By: Dwyane Thomas

Get that much-needed torque at supersonic speeds with the Mercedes CV joint. It is a given thing that the engine performance of the Benz is up a notch compared to the rest of the pack in its field. But in order to take advantage of those perks, the CV joint will provide that consistent drive shaft speeds regardless of the operating angle of the joint.

Attached to the Mercedes' transmission at on end and at the wheel at the other, the CV joints are designed to bend in any direction while continuing to turn the drive wheels at a constant velocity. They are usually equipped with grease while being protected by the rubber masking called the CV boot. Unless the boot prevents the joint from being damaged, the Mercedes CV joint does not require that utmost maintenance and repair. These CV joints are usually founding the drive shafts of front-wheel drive cars.

Rzeppa ball-type joints (or commonly called ball-type of joints) are found at the outer end of the drive shaft. On the other hand, the tri-pod type CV joints are located at the inner side of the shaft.

With the being one of the most used and abused part of the drive shaft, it not unlikely to wear out. Bumps and potholes will cause the wheels to turn up and down as the car treads the intricacies of different terrains. Thus, drive shafts can't be made up of a solid shaft. Before, the universal joint was used in the drive shafts of rear wheel drive cars because of its ability to bend in any direction. The introduction of front-wheel drive cars poses a new dilemma that the joints in the drive shafts needed to account not only for the up-and-down motions of the wheels, but also for the back-and-forth motions of steering. The CV joint is used in front wheel drive cars because of its ability to maintain a constant drive force to the wheels despite the many different kinds of movements in the front end of the car. The CV joint is used in rear wheel drive and four-wheel drive cars, as well.

Another one is when the CV boot gets damaged. Lubrication coming form within oozes out while the dirt and moisture comes in. And with corrosion, the may be defective. This could be prevented by replacing the CV boot while re-greasing the CV joint. In worse cases, the CV joint may disjoin that causes the vehicle to halt its motion. Regular inspection should be done religiously to maintain its rugged performance.

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