A vehicle’s drivetrain consists of the components that deliver power to the wheels, excluding the engine that generates the power. These components function to convert engine power to mechanical power in order to rotate the axle.
This conversion of power involves a link via a drive shaft. And because the engine speed and wheel speed are unique, these must be in sync with each other via the gear ratio. Additionally, the differential, consisting of gears and bearings in the transmission or axle housing, allow the drive wheels to turn at different speeds, as required when turning corners.
Differential lubrication should be checked at every service. Extreme temperatures can cause a breakdown in the lubricating fluid and result in the gears within the differential not being properly lubricated. Replacing the fluid will help avoid premature gear wear and reduce tire wear on drive tires. Differentials generally require regular cleaning. For equipment that is exposed to excessive water, an annual axle lube service should be performed. Refer to your owner’s manual for factory recommended maintenance intervals for your equipment.
Drivetrain and/or differential should be checked regularly without delay when a problem is reported. Some common symptoms include knocking noises during acceleration or shifting gears or a whining noise.
The drive shaft and universal joints are also important components of your drivetrain and connect the transmission to the axle. Universal joints should be inspected at every service.
Problems with universal joints can result in the drive shaft separating from the vehicle. Some symptoms of bad universal joints include squeaking during acceleration, knocking noises when shifting gears between forward and reverse, or vibrations during acceleration or driving.
The use of fleet maintenance software can help ensure that drivetrain maintenance is included with all regular scheduled maintenance. Fleet maintenance software enables better maintenance planning and scheduling. Fleet maintenance software that includes an easy-to-use fleet maintenance checklist specific to the service being performed is a handy feature to consider.
Additionally, the ability to quickly search maintenance history and inquire on drivetrain issues is another important feature to consider when purchasing fleet maintenance software for your operation. This feature alone can save countless hours going through an equipment maintenance log book or a fleet maintenance spreadsheet that may or may not contain complete information.
And yes, Fleet Harmony Cloud Fleet Management Software has both of these features, and more.