Used Citroen C4 Driveshaft
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What is a driveshaft/what does it do?
A driveshaft is responsible for transferring power from the engine, gearbox and differential to each driven wheel of the vehicle.
Getting into the details of driveshafts
For front wheel drive cars there are usually 2 driveshafts, 1 per front wheel. They link the central differential to each wheel hub, causing it to rotate when the cars gears are engaged, in turn driving the wheels.
For rear wheel drive cars, power from the engine and gearbox is transferred via a prop shaft which runs down the centre of the vehicle to the rear axle and the rear differential. From the rear differential power is transferred to each of the rear wheels via driveshafts. As with a front wheel drive car they are connected to the wheel hubs causing them to rotate, driving the wheels.
Four wheel drive cars have a combination of both setups with driveshafts running to each of the 4 wheels.
In some cases drive to the rear wheels is housed within a sealed axle unit containing the rear differential and 2 driveshafts, referred to as half shafts.
However, most modern vehicles have exposed driveshafts with universal or constant velocity (CV) joints at each end. These joints connect the driveshaft to the differential and wheel hub and allow movement through either suspension or steering.
What if something goes wrong with the driveshaft?
A driveshaft is a not usually prone to fail as it’s typically made of thick walled steel with no moving parts. However, it could be damaged due to impact with stones/rocks or other debris causing it to be imbalanced, which would cause vibration when driving. More common is wear or failure of the CV joints at either end of the shaft.
- If you went into a Citroën showroom in the 20s, there's a good chance that you would have been given a letter that was personally handwritten by Andre Citroën himself, proclaiming the benefits of the car models. This one act of marketing genius is credited with being responsible for thousands of closed sales.
- Citroën cars have been put through their paces and all in the name of advertising. Citroën vehicles have trekked huge distances for promotional reasons, including expeditions across the Sahara, throughout Africa, all over Asia, and even across Alaska.
- The 1934 Citroën 7CV was the first mass-produced car to have front-wheel drive, hydraulic brakes, and real suspension! This basic design found its way into subsequent models right up until three decades later in the mid-1950s.
- Unfortunately, the founder of Citroën went bankrupt in 1934, even though the cars they produced were selling well and incredibly popular. The company exists today because tyre company Michelin bought the majority of shares in the company.
- In 1968, Citroën bought control of the Italian car firm Maserati. That purchase led to the design of the Citroën GT, which came with hydro-pneumatic suspension and a V6 engine. It did well in terms of sales, but production of the last version, the DS23 Pallas Electronique, was stopped in 1975 after the '73 oil crisis.