J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC Tech Question:
I’m Doug. A few years ago I was driving my ’85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles on it. I was going up a hill in Powhatan 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 Powhatan mechanic to get it fixed.
What could I have done to prevent that?
J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC 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 Powhatan car owners 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 80,000 miles on it like Doug had, the owner’s manual would have called for an inspection of things like the suspension, brakes – and the drive line. Chances are that such an inspection at J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC 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 J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC tech about the inspections your vehicle should have.
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Powhatan, VA 23139
At J&K Heavy Truck & Equipment Repair LLC in Powhatan VA (23139) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 804.640.8886. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.