If you're more of the adventurous driver who likes taking his 4x4 to off-road drives, then you'd want to make sure that your car parts are always intact and won't fall off at any time of the trip. One of the most important components that you should always consider is your axle assembly since this is the one that helps the wheel function properly. If you're not really sure if you're going to buy the rear or the front assembly, then here's a tip to keep in mind before you run to the dealer to purchase.
Where do you carry more weight?
Generally, there will always be a rear and front wheel that are firmly on the ground. During your trips, think about where you mostly put heavy load on your car. Usually it's at the back; so check if the rear assembly is the one that needs to be replaced.
What are the things to consider when buying an axle assembly?
- When buying a rear assembly, make sure you buy one that's made of steel. This type of axle assembly is made to be very strong.
- The strength of the rear axle assembly depends on the number of splines that are machined at the end of the axle. Always remember that "the greater number of splines, the stronger the axle assembly". For increased performance, a 40-spline axle is stronger than the 28-spline.
- When buying a front axle assembly, take note that the strength depends on the power of the CV joint. In this situation, the force of the engine does not pass through solid steel axle assembly, but instead through a very small area of steel and a bearing.
- The usual design of front-wheel drive axle assembly uses both an outer and inner splined area. The outer spline fits into the wheel hub, whereas the inner spline fits together in the differential.
These are just some basic things to keep in mind whether to purchase the front or the rear axle assembly. Good luck!