What Is a Driveline/Drivetrain Service?

Regular driveline inspections and maintenance are crucial if you want to keep your car or truck going. The driveline, also known as the drivetrain, connects your transmission to the wheels. It is responsible for transferring power from your engine to moving your tires. So if any part of it is damaged, you can count on not being able to go anywhere.


You may wonder, "how does it all work". The engine is the start of most operations in your car, and the motor creates the power, which is modified by the transmission to deliver the correct amount of power when you need it. The driveline moves the mechanical power from the transmission to the wheels, turning all that energy into acceleration. The primary component in the driveline is the driveshaft, and it isa long metal tube that connects the transmission at one end and the wheels at the other. 


What Signs Indicate That I Need Driveline/Drivetrain Service?

As with most vehicle systems, it's always wise to read over your owner's manual to see when your manufacturer suggests getting driveline service. The industry standards suggest that you get an inspection and change the front and rear differential fluid every 30,000-60,000 miles. However, you can also be on the lookout for the signs of worn-down drivetrain parts:

  • You feel vibrations or shakiness from underneath the vehicle.
  • You feel resistance making turns.
  • You hear loud and unusual clunking noises when running at high speeds.
  • You feel shuddering during accelerations.

At the first sign of any of the above symptoms, we invite you into our shop for proper assistance. Our expert team will inspect and diagnose the vehicle and conduct the necessary repairs to get your car back on the road. Whenever you feel something is wrong with your driveline, please give Richman Automotive & Towing a call or visit today! 

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