Every vehicle has universal joints. This joint works on the principle of transmitting torque and rotational movement from one shaft to the other. Simply, one shaft, coming in to another shaft from a different angle, is joined by a universal joint. This joint forms an integral part of a vehicle’s transmission. It is possible that this joint will often become noisy and emit a clunking type of sound when it needs replacing. If you are unsure about the condition of the universal joints in your vehicle, have a mechanic look at the condition of this part and make a determination as to whether it needs to be replaced.
Damaged or worn joints can inhibit the safety of a vehicle. The excessive movement and play in this joint can lead to problems in a car. If play is detected, it is advisable to have a mechanic check the universal joints and see if they need replacement. The first step when replacing this component in a car is to remove the drive shaft. There are generally two types of clips that keep the joint in place and these are snap rings or standard C-clips that are easy to remove. Sometimes these clips can be corroded, and soaking in a penetrating cleaning liquid might be required to complete the removal.
As one of the sturdier and more robust components in a car, universal joints are designed to last many years. Through wear and tear, the intake of dirt and the large forces acting on these joints, they can become worn and need replacing. By inputting the year model, make and engine capacity of your car during your online parts purchase, you will be able to easily locate a new universal joint and have it delivered to your door.