Your Volkswagen model relies on its drive shaft, or drivetrain, to turn the engine rotation and torque into motion that moves the many parts under the vehicle's hood. Whatever you call it, it's an important part of getting you moving throughout your day.
The Four Types of Drive Shafts
The most common drivetrain type is front-wheel drive. All of the components are placed at the front of your car or SUV. They connect to the differential via constant velocity joints, which are also known as CV joints. Rear-wheel drive vehicles have a long driveshaft that connects the transmission to a rear differential with universal joints, or U-joints.
The last two types are similar. They're all-wheel drive, or AWD, and four-wheel drive, or 4WD. These are composed of two drivetrains. A front one connects to a front differential and transfer case with U-joints, while the rear set-up is like that found in a rear-wheel drive vehicle.
Indications of Drive Shaft Problems
Drive shaft parts can begin to fail, though, whether due to age or use. Pay attention to signs like these, and have yours checked out if you notice them:
- There's a loud clunking sound when you shift gears
- You have trouble making turns
- The undercarriage shakes
- You hear clicking or knocking sounds
If you have repair or replace any drive shaft components, be sure to choose the best ones for your Volkswagen. These genuine OEM drive shaft parts are the only ones that are guaranteed to be compatible with your model, ensuring proper fit and performance. Our online auto parts center has everything you need in stock and ready to ship. Buy now and save!
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