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Dead Axle


Dead Axle is a non-driven axle that is often on the rear of an FWD vehiclAxle is a non-driven axle that is often on the rear of an FWD vehicle. 

  • A live axle is a type of beam axle in which the shaft or common shafts connected to move as a single unit also has the capability to transmit power to the wheels while a  beam axle that does not also transmit power is sometimes called a dead aaxle is a type of beam axle in which the shaft or common shafts connected to move as a single unit also has the capability to transmit power to the wheels while a  beam axle that does not also transmit power is sometimes called a dead axleaxle.
  • A beam axle is a design in which the set of wheels is connected laterally by a single beam or shaft. These beam axles are commonly used at the rear wheels of a vehicle, but they have also been used as front axles in four-wheel drive vehicles
  • One advantage of this axle type is that only one CV Joint is needed at each steered and driven drive wheel and none are needed at non steered wheels, this reduces maintenance requirements and manufacturing costs compared to independent suspensions which usually requires two CV joints at each driven wheel