Gearboxes and Driveline

The gearbox, whether manual or automatic, is the main component of your vehicle's transmission. It is responsible for converting the engine's speed into torque, pushing your vehicle forward. On the other hand, the driveline refers to the shaft and joints that link the transmission to the differential. It turns your vehicle's axles, and the axles then turn the wheels.

The way you drive affects your gearbox, which could later lead to gearbox problems. A good driver won't wear out the gearbox easily. However, you can make your gearbox last a bit longer by taking more time when switching gears and being gentler on the gear stick. In case you have a gearbox malfunction, it's always best to seek the help of professional gearbox mechanics because it is a complex component and even a minor mistake could lead to bigger problems, so it becomes costly to fix.

As for the driveline, there are different types depending on whether your vehicle has front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or four-wheel drive. In case your vehicle shudders when you accelerate, it could be a sign of a defective center bearing or a loose U-joint. Likewise, if there is a loud clunk when shifting, it's an indication that the U-joints need to be replaced. Other signs of driveline problems include clicking sounds or a squeaking noise when driving at low speeds. If you experience any of these, it's time to have your vehicle inspected by a driveline expert.