Definition of Shaft Drive:
On many vehicles the transmission of the operating torque from the engine
, resp. the gear box to the drive wheels takes place via a drive shaft. That is a rod (cardan
) , that rotates around its rotation axis and is placed in longitudinal vehicle direction. So it requires the conversion of the rotation for a right angle, to be turned into the rotation axis of the wheels. This is accomplished by a cardan
joint, where toothed wheels or the like mesh right-angled. Drive shafts are used with cars that have rear wheel drive and the engine
placed in front. In motor
cycles it often substitutes the wearout susceptible chain.
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