Your front-wheel-drive Kia has two constant velocity joints, or CV Joints, one at the end of each half shaft in your car or truck. The inner portion of the CV Joints connects the wheels to the drive shaft. Some rear wheel vehicles have CV Joints as well, but not all of them do. CV Joints are necessary to transmit torque from your vehicle’s transmission to the drive wheels at a constant and consistent speed. Your CV Joints maintain smooth, regular, and even power to the wheels by compensating for power fluctuation and transmission interruption from the up and down motion of your suspension system.
A failing or damaged CV joint can go a long time without causing any major problems. However, you may notice a disturbing clicking, bumping, or rubbing sound and vibration when moving through turns in the direction of the affected CV joint. If left unattended for too long you may lose the ability to turn and the affected wheel/s may lock up or fail to function properly.
A CV Joint can go for very long periods of time without the need for repair. But if a problem CV Joint goes undetected, then problems can arise slowly, building up to a catastrophic problem in time. In the worst-case scenario, a bad CV Joint could suddenly break up during operation at high speeds. Needless to say, this would almost certainly cause a serious accident. But, having your CV Joints inspected by a Kia professional guarantees that you’ll be able to prevent and repair any such problems. So the only real danger is in doing nothing.
Here at Briggs Kia in Topeka, KS, our certified Kia mechanics know the trouble signs of a struggling CV Joint. We’ll inspect and replace your CV Joint before trouble arises. While your Kia car, truck, or SUV is being serviced, take advantage of our exclusive service specials and amenities. To learn more about your CV Joints and to schedule a service appointment with our service department call or stop by today.