Axles and Drivelines

Basic Description

This section contains all the components required to deliver the power from the engine and transmission to the wheels. In this diagram, we show the components of a vehicle where power can be sent to all four wheels, however in most vehicles the power is sent only to the front or rear wheels.


Detailed Description

Components of the driveline are designed to smoothly transmit the rotating power of the engine, while still allowing suspension to flex and wheels to alter direction. Front wheels are usually driven by an axle that includes constant velocity (CV) joints. Differentials allow for the turning rate of a pair of wheels to be different, which is necessary during cornering.