Transmission Possible

Examining the Shaftec transmission programme for 2015.

Shaftec driveshaft and constant velocity joints (CVJs) are one of the most successful product ranges in the FPS portfolio and this is forecasted to only increase further in 2015. Shaftec’s transmission programme focuses on the products that are prone to high failure rates leading to high demand in the aftermarket. Shaftec offers new CVJs and a recently introduced range of CV boots through FPS, with a focus on remanufacturing for their driveshaft product range.

As the range of driveshaft, CVJs and CV boots is ever-increasing, factors will only typically stock the most popular applications due to their cost and size. Therefore, factors can rely on FPS’s same/next-day delivery to meet their customer demands.

Transmission Basics

The driveshaft is the link between the engine and the wheels and is made up of an inner and outer joint along with a connecting shaft. Its function is to transmit the engine’s rotational power (i.e. torque) to the wheels.
The CVJ allows the driveshaft to drive the wheels of the vehicle through all degrees and at a constant velocity. This is made possible through the use of ball bearings running in a ‘race’.

The CVJ consists of the following:

OUTER CVJ: allows the driveshaft to transmit the engine’s rotational power through a variable angle and at a constant velocity.

INNER CVJ: is the direct link between the transmission and the driveshaft. The inner CVJ turns with the rotation of the engine and spins the driveshaft with it.

INNER AND OUTER CV BOOTS: protect the CVJs by keeping dirt and water out and reducing the chance of salt entering the system, which can otherwise cause corrosion to the internal components and ultimately lead to their premature failure. The inner and outer CV boots also act as a means to seal essential lubrication in.

Increased Demand

Driveshafts and CVJs come under increased pressure during the winter months. If the boots on the CVJs split, water ingress and salt can corrode the internals of the joint. The combination of poor quality roads and extremely wet winter conditions typically results in an increased demand for these parts in the first quarter of the year.

Other issues that can go wrong with a driveshaft or a CVJ are:
• Wear in ball bearings in CVJ.
• Wear on spline of the driveshaft.
• CV boot not fitted correctly.
• Wear on outer and inner race of the CVJ.
• Lack of maintenance–not regularly lubricated.
• Fitting damage (spline, thread, inner and outer race).


Range development is an essential factor behind Shaftec’s successful offering; popular applications include the following applications:

Part No. Description Application
FO210L Driveshaft Ford Tourneo Connect 1.8 TDCI (2006>)
BK269 CV boot Audi A3 1.6 TDI (2009>)
CV334AN CV joint Vauxhall Combo 1.6 (2001-2011)

Shaftec offers a comprehensive range of transmission parts.


• Technical support lines offering accurate and efficient advice.
• Combined product knowledge spanning over 50 years.
• Largest and most comprehensive range available in Europe.
• Accurate product details and cataloguing are available with on-going website updates, featuring free VRM look-ups.
• Continual development with regular additions of new-to-range products.
• Warranty covering 2 years/24,000 miles, whichever comes first.
• Same/next-day delivery, meaning factors don’t need to hold large quantities of stock.

For more information on Shaftec products, please visit the F:Drive or contact your local FPS branch.


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