Axle Shaft

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Axle Shaft
Axle Shaft

An axle shaft is the portion of the axle assembly, which receives the rotation from the differential, and transmits it to the wheels. Axle shafts are available in a variety of materials, depending on how the vehicle is used. A typical axle consists of two axle shafts, one for the driver side, and the other for the passenger side.

The axle shaft typically has splines on one end,in order to mate up with the differential, in the center of the axle housing. On the other end of the shaft, is a plate with holes in it, that the wheel studs go into. The axle shaft is typically installed through one or more bearings, pressed into place, in the axle housing,in order to allow the shaft to rotate. Upgrading to a performance axle shaft, is often done in racing,in order to increase the strength of the shaft, and reduce weight.

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