Axle Overhaul

Front axle

The precise handling of the car is dependant upon the condition of the front axle and associated parts, and overhauling the front axle can make a major improvement in this area. New parts manufactured to Rolls-Royce specifications are fitted as required.

Neglect of the lubrication system can have a significant effect on the lightness of the steering, and this will often give rise to early failure of the kingpins.

Rear axle

Transmission noises can be cured by an overhaul of the rear axle, renewing bearings and resetting the gears. A higher ratio gear set can also be fitted to improve comfort while touring, with little or no detriment to lower speed performance, particularly in conjunction with a rebuilt and improved engine!

Phantom 3 differential

Phantom 3 differential dismantled
The differential is shown immediately after dismantling

Phantom 3 differential

Phantom 3 differential awaiting reassembly
The differential awaiting final assembly

Most of the parts to overhaul a differential are available from our stock. A number of these are original new Rolls-Royce items.

Hubs and brake drums

Hubs and brake drums on both front and rear axles may require attention. The majority of pre-war cars have roadwheels that are mounted on splined hubs. Due to neglect over the years the external splines on the hubs can be very worn. In addition the internal driving splines on the rear hubs are often slack. Replacement hubs are available for many models to overcome these problems.

Front axle, Derby Bentley

The mechanically operated brakes add to the complexity, but due to good design are very effective.