Shaftec Highlights Key Transmission Trends

Since its introduction to the FPS transmission portfolio in early 2014, Shaftec has gone from strength to strength.

Business Trends

Shaftec reports an increased demand for replacement transmission parts on vehicles with early failure rates, owing to the OE thermoplastic boot splitting (shown in Fig.1) as they are less flexible and more brittle.

Vehicles Prone to Failure

•  CV189AN for Audi A4 1.8 T B7 (2006-2010)
•  CV338AN for Skoda Superb 1.9 TDi PD (2007-2008)

Range development is also an essential factor behind Shaftec’s successful offering and Shaftec continually invests to enhance its application coverage. Look out for a range extension due in late 2015, covering CVJs and driveshafts.

Popular Applications

•  FO210L: Driveshaft for Ford Transit Connect 1.8 TDCi (2009-2013)
•  CV334AN: CV Joint for Vauxhall Corsa C 1.2 Twinport (2004-2007)
•  BK269: CV Boot Kit for VW Golf 1.6 TDi 105 Mk6 (2009-2013)

Winter Woes

Although the demand for Shaftec transmission products remains strong throughout the year, it increases even further during the winter months when driveshafts and CVJs come under increased pressure. This can split the boots (see fig.1) on the CVJs and eventual water and salt ingress can corrode the internals of the joint.

The combination of poor quality roads in the UK and extremely wet winter conditions typically result in an increased demand for these parts in the first quarter of the year.

Issues with a driveshaft or a CVJ

•  Wear in ball bearings in the CVJ
•  Wear on spline of the driveshaft
•  Incorrectly fitted CV boot
•  Wear on outer and inner race of the CVJ
•  Lack of maintenance and irregular lubrication
•  Fitting damage to the spline, thread, inner and/or outer race

The Shaftec Range

Shaftec’s transmission programme focuses on the products that are prone to high failure rates and generate high demand in the aftermarket. While factors will only typically stock the most popular applications due to their cost and size, they have grown to rely on FPS’ same/next-day delivery to meet customer demands.

Following the successful launch of the initial range available that consisted of just driveshaft and constant velocity joints (CVJs), FPS injected other product groups from the Shaftec offering. The complete Shaftec transmission programme available through FPS comprises:


With a combined product knowledge spanning over 50 years, Shaftec offers the most comprehensive range available in Europe. It provides a 2 year/24,000 mile warranty on its parts and its technical support lines extend efficient advice. Moreover, accurate product details and cataloguing are available with ongoing website updates.

Combining Shaftec’s continual new-to-range additions with FPS’ same/next-day delivery, factors can rest assured that they don’t need a large stockholding to make the most of this business sector.


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