Choosing the Correct Axle Bolt
The axle bolt may be tiny and, oftentimes, overlooked. However, this small part is the one that keeps the car axles from falling apart while you are running 70mph on a highway. So you better keep a close eye on this tiny bolt before everything falls into pieces. The axle bolt is strong and rarely backs out, but there are two instances where it should be replaced-when it was removed and when a grinding sound is heard from your axle while on the road. There are not a lot of choices for axle bolt aftermarket, but following are some points to consider before buying one.
Getting the looks
Despite its tiny size, the axle bolt can become a means of adding personality to your car. This small bolt comes in different colors, making your transmission system a tad more pleasant to look at than before. Also, if you choose to have a colored axle bolt that is sure to stand out from the rest of the rusty axle, it will be easier to locate it even from afar.
The materials that matter
Generally, heavy-duty bolts are made up of three types of materials-titanium, aluminum, or stainless steel. Each of these materials has its own strengths and weaknesses which should be considered before deciding on which one to buy.
Titanium alloy is known to be the best kind of material because of its oxide layer, which has adhering and self-replacing properties. Aluminum, on the other hand, is durable and lightweight like titanium, but is 10 to 20 times cheaper. Lastly, stainless steel is known as rust-resistant and easy to clean. It also has a high melting point, making it perfect for hot situations.
Bridge the gap
A key factor to consider in buying a new axle bolt is the length. Make sure you are buying the correct length for your axle drive and that you know where exactly it will be placed. Otherwise, you will find yourself buying a new one. Remember that the axles should be aligned perfectly and an inappropriate new bolt-even an inch longer or shorter-can turn into unimaginable loss.