Northgate Tire INC. Tech Question on Your Drive ShaftNov 14th, 2013
Northgate Tire INC. Tech Question:
I'm Doug. A few years ago I was driving my '85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles (129,000 kilometers) on it. I was going up a hill in Bowling Green and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to my Bowling Green mechanic to get it fixed.
What could I have done to prevent that?
Northgate Tire INC. Tech Answer:
Now that's quite a story. Doug was fortunate that his vehicle had a part-time four wheel drive system that would let him get home without a rear drive shaft.
This “case of the missing drive shaft” highlights the need for regular inspections. Now most drivers in Bowling Green are familiar with recommendations for preventive maintenance services like oil changes and coolant replacement. What you may not know is that there are also recommendations for inspections at various intervals.
By the time a vehicle gets the number of miles on it like Doug had, the owner's manual would have called for checking things like the suspension, brakes and the drive line. Chances are that such an inspection at Northgate Tire INC. would have revealed early signs of a worn u-joint, and Doug could have had it fixed before his drive shaft went rattling down the road.
Ask your friendly and knowledgeable professionals at Northgate Tire INC. about the inspections your vehicle should have.
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Northgate Tire INC.
703 US 31 W Bypass
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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