First Line Ltd. say it has experienced increased demand for its newly launched range of Constant Velocity (CV) joints and driveshafts and has issued best-practice advice on replacement, backed up by a recent survey completed by nearly 100 vehicle technicians.
The survey revealed that in many cases, it is easier to replace the entire driveshaft rather than simply the CV joint, with 79 per cent of respondents answering that they are often required to replace both parts together, which is a key reflection of the rise in demand.
What’s more, replacing the entire driveshaft is often considered a more cost-effective option for the vehicle owner, which has also been mirrored by garage owners, with 59 per cent stating that less manual labour is required to do the job.
This also offers longevity for both parties, as replacing the entire driveshaft, rather than just the CV joint, reduces the risk of repeat call backs.
The survey further supported that cost plays a major part in the decision to replace the entire driveshaft, as 49 per cent of respondents agreed that although there may be a price difference between the two parts, recommending a new driveshaft offers a more economical, long-term option for the end user.
However, when sourcing these parts, quality has been found to be a key factor, with 75 per cent of garage owners opting for quality over cost.
At the start of 2023, First Line, via its Borg & Beck brand, launched an extensive range of premium-quality CV joints and driveshafts, complementing its broad range of CV boot kits, as the company says it continues to meet aftermarket demand for a wide range of parts.
Since launching, First Line has identified that the need to replace the entire driveshaft is common with certain vehicles such as, but not exclusively, Ford Transits [BDS1000, BDS1001], Peugeot 407 [ BDS1013, BDS1014], Renault Kangoo Express / Grand Kangoo [ BDS1041, BDS1042] and Renault Master [BDS1011, BDS1012].
The company claims to offers a solution for this, with a comprehensive range of left and right, long, and short wheelbase options available.
More than 420 CV joints and over 530 driveshafts are now available from the aftermarket specialist, including in excess of 720 CV Boot Kits covering over 26,000 applications.
All the new additions come with a two-year / 24,000-mile warranty.