Car chassis:

Take care of your auto chassis for better safety and longevity.

Your auto chassis and driveline components are in constant motion. If your vehicle is front wheel drive, the CV joints drive your wheels. Rear wheel drive vehicles use a driveshaft with U joints for propulsion.

Both require lubrication and will fail prematurely if they are allowed to run dry. Most types of vehicles use flexible ball-in-socket joints in the suspension. These joints provide pivot points so your front wheels can turn and your suspension can absorb the bumps. (See the ball joints article or the tie-rod ends article for more information.)

Advance Auto Parts has the quality auto parts, lubricants, and tools you need to maintain the chassis on a car.

Find more reasons why you should inspect and lubricate your car chassis every six months.
CV joints, tie-rod ends, U joints and ball-joints all depend on lubrication and proper alignment to survive. Regular inspection and lubrication of under car chassis and suspension parts not only helps your chassis parts last longer - it could prevent an accident.

Auto chassis part failures are expensive to repair, compared to chassis maintenance, and may strand you on the highway. Annoying suspension squeaks and creaks are an indication that a bushing is dry and needs attention.

What you will need for routine auto chassis maintenance:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide to inspect and lubricate a chassis on a car:

Estimated time required - 30 Minutes

Save money by lubricating your car chassis. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Car chassis components require a variety of lubricants. Don’t mix grease types. Ask your Advance Auto Parts Team Member at the store nearest you for help finding the right car chassis lubricant for your application.

  1. Jack up the car safely. Inspect CV joint boots for cracking, tearing, or missing clamps. Replace boots if you find damage.
  2. Use a grease gun to lubricate the ball-joints and tie-rod ends. Some manufacturers do not provide grease fittings on OEM tie-rod ends since they are pre-lubricated, sealed units from the factory. A flexible hose helps in tight spots. Apply until grease oozes from the seal. Wipe off extra grease.
  3. Inspect the driveline and U joints. Excessive play may indicate worn U joints. See the U joint replacement article for the procedure.
  4. U joints also need lubrication. Jack up the rear of the vehicle and secure with jack stands. Place the vehicle’s transmission in neutral. Rotate the driveline to reveal the grease fitting. Lubricate the U joint with a grease gun. Some OEM applications and permanently greased U joints do not have grease fittings.

For high quality auto parts on all of your vehicle maintenance – including auto chassis – trust Advance Auto Parts!