Safety With Drive Lines, Differentials, and Axles
Keep these 6 safety precautions in mind when working with drivelines, differentials, and axles.
1. To work on the driveline, differential, or axles, the
street rod must be lifted up. Use the correct
procedure when lifting the vehicle on a hoist.
Also, if you don’t have a vehicle lift, always use
jack stands to support the vehicle safely.
2. The differential is very heavy. Be careful not to
crush your fingers or hand when the differential is
being removed, disassembled, or reinstalled.
3. Never try to lift heavy drivelines or differentials
without proper lifting equipment and specialized
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4. Always wear OSHA-approved safety glasses when
working on drivelines, differentials, and axle
5. When replacing u-joints, high mechanical pressures
are needed to remove and install the components
on the driveshaft. Make sure to use the correct
tools for this procedure.
6. Most components on the driveline, differential, or
axles require high torque during removal and
assembly. Always hold the components securely
before any work is done.