floating axle

noun
: a live axle used in a self-propelled vehicle to turn the wheels, the dead weight of the vehicle being carried on the ends of a fixed axle housing or casing

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • floating axle — See full floating axle fully floating axle three quarter floating axle …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • full floating axle — See full floating axle …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • semi-floating axle — Type of axle commonly used in modern car. The outer end of the axle shaft does two things: (1) it supports the weight of the vehicle and (2) it is the means of propulsion. The inner end of the axle shaft which is splined, floats in the… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • fully floating axle — A live rear axle assembly in which the axle shafts serve only to transmit torque to the wheel. The total vehicle weight and cornering loads are transferred directly from the wheel bearings to the axle housing. Also see semifloating axle …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • three-quarter floating axle — A rear axle assembly in which the weight of the vehicle is borne by the outer bearings of the axle shafts, mounted between the hubs and axle housing …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • full-floating axle — A rear drive axle that does not hold the wheel on nor does it hold the wheel in line or support any weight. It merely drives the wheel. Used primarily on racing cars and trucks. Also see axle …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • three-quarter-floating axle — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun : a live axle in which the outer ends of the axle shaft are supported by wheels forming a rigid unit with the shaft and depending on it for alignment …   Useful english dictionary

  • Axle — For other uses, see Axle (disambiguation). Not to be confused with Axl (disambiguation) or Axel (disambiguation). Train wheels are affixed to a straight axle, such that both wheels rotate in unison. This is called a wheelset. An axle is a… …   Wikipedia

  • axle — An axle is a shaft on which the wheels revolve. A full floating axle is used to drive the rear wheels. It does not hold them on nor support them. A semi floating or one quarter floating axle is used to drive the wheels, hold them on, and support… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • floating — See full floating axle fully floating axle …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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