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Is It Safe to Drive With a Bent Axle?
Your car’s axles are essential components. They transmit power from the transmission or differential to the drive wheels. While they’re designed to be very strong and should last for a long time, they...
Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Axle?
Without two operational axles, your car won’t be going much of anywhere. They’re what transfers power to the wheels from the transmission (in a front-wheel drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel...
Is It Safe to Drive With a Damaged CV Joint?
In a front-wheel drive car, the axles are connected to the wheels with CV joints. These allow the axle and wheel to flex as the car drives (to account for turns, uneven surfaces,...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Front Axle Engagement Switch
If your car has four-wheel drive but the system cannot engage, gets stuck, or does not activate, consider replacing the front axle engagement switch.
How to Buy a Good Quality Drivetrain
Drivetrains include the transmission, driveshaft, and axles. Buy an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) drivetrain with a drivetrain warranty.
How to Buy Good Quality CV Joints
Your car’s axle must allow for the wheels to move around, bounce, and freely rotate. This action is facilitated by (CV) constant velocity joints. These unique couplings allow the tires to turn and...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing CV Boot
Common signs include grease leaking onto the inside of the wheels, vibrations around the CV axle, and clicking noises during turns.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly
Common signs include loud clicking noises when turning, grease on the inside edge of the tires, and excessive vibration when driving.
How Long Does an Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Last?
Axle shafts, or CV (constant velocity) shafts, are essentially long metal poles that connect the wheels of your car to the transmission gears, and allows the wheels to rotate. The transmission...
How Long Does a CV Boot Last?
Without the engine and the transmission in a car, it will not be able to run. The power that is produced by the engine of the car is put to the wheels...
Is it Safe to Drive With a Bad Axle?
The axles transmit power from either the transmission or the differential to the drive wheels on your car. If one of your axles is damaged, it can lead to some serious problems. Is...
The Mechanics of Cars: Simple Machines in Automobiles
Simple machines are single, mechanical devices that help improve the daily life of humans by allowing them to work faster, easier, and more efficiently. Simple machines are considered...
How to Replace a Front Axle Engagement Switch on Most Cars
The switch that engages the front axle fails when it gets stuck, does not activate the four-wheel drive, or is difficult to engage.
Why Axle Seal Replacements Can Be Tricky
Changing the axle seal on a vehicle can be challenging, as it may involve working on the engine and transmission to complete the service.
How to Replace Axle Seals
Axle seals fail when there is a visible leak or a major puddle of gear oil underneath the vehicle. In some cases, the axle may pop out entirely.
5 Essential Things to Know About Rear-Wheel Drive (RWD)
With all the options available for drive wheels in vehicles, it can become confusing as to which is best for you. Here, you’ll learn five things you need to know about rear-wheel...
How to Buy a Good Quality Axle
The axle is the glue that literally holds the front lower end of your car together. It is that steel rod that connects the wheel to the transmission gears, and allows your car to...

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I can't get the cv axle out of my 2006 Chevrolet Equinox
The axle shaft is held in the transmission by a clip at the end of the shaft. With a quick blow the axle should come right out. There is a special adapter that is used with a slide hammer that...
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2wd truck. Rear wheels "grabbing" when making tight turns.
Your truck has a limited slip differential and in most cases this is normal operation when making tight turns. If the turns you began to notice the grabbing are turns you have taken many times before, then it may be...
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Snapped bolt on front drive shaft. What is name of part? How mych does it cost? Is it hard to replace?
The inner end of the drive shaft on this vehicle is held within the transmission by a spring steel snap ring. The wheel bearing end of the axle is held on by the axle retaining nut. The wheel bearing hub...
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Which GM pick up rear end has posi, disc brakes and will match my 67 measurements?
Hi there. The axle from a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro should fit your 67 GMC. The axle is about the width of your original axle and it has disc brakes with the posi loc traction control in the differential. If you...
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Slow acceleration with loud full body vibrations 2005 Ford Focus
Hello - it is quite likely that one or both the axles/CV joint assemblies on your Focus are worn out. Loose motion from wear in the CV joints causes a distorted motion of the axle, and vibration as your are...
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How long does it take to replace a axel/cv shaft assembly
On the 2006 Navigator, if a professional mechanic is replacing the axle(s), it is assumed to take about 1 hour to replace one axle (i.e., one side) whether it is the rear axle or the front axle. Replacing both axles...
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Why would my 01 chevy silverado make a loud poping noise when i put it in drive? It has the right amount of transmission fluid in
That sort of noise is usually due to a bad u-joint in the driveline (if you have the 4WD version), bad CV joints (often outer) and/or excess play in the transmission (end play) or differential (front or rear). If the...
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Axle won't snap all the way back in after replacing motor
If you are referring to the transmission end of the CV axle shaft, you should orient the snap ring (on the splined shaft) such that the opening of the snap ring is completely downward (toward the floor). If the opening...
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2006 nissan quest when put into gear or driving there's a loud clunk
One common cause of such noise is a failed outer CV joint on the CV axle. If you peer behind each front wheel, underneath the vehicle, and use a very bright focused light to shine on the rubber boots that...
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just started making a clunking noise,runs good nothing loose
Check the transmission fluid level to see if it is full. If the filter was replaced, depending on the type and configuration, the filter could even be banging around. "Clunking" noises are very typical of failed outboard CV axle joints....
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Should there be any play on the CV shaft where it goes into the transmission?
Typically, on the inboard joint of a CV axle, you will be able to readily detect (feel) movement because the shaft into the transmission rides on a bushing that has some clearance. If the movement is "excessive", that could mean...
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I was driving my car. Was in 3rd gear and all of a sudden I heard a loud pop from the rear right side of my car 2002 Honda S2000
Hello - if you are able to select any gear at the transmission, but get no movement out of the vehicle (still locked up), I would suspect a broken axle or wheel hub/bearing assembly that has failed in a severe...
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Thumping sound upon accelleration in the front end. 2004 MC Envoy
Hello - I think you may have an axle or (front) driveshaft problem with your Envoy. In addition to the noises made while accelerating, you may notice clicking or light knocking noise while turning low-speed corners as well. I would...
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Axle seal leak
The axle seal leak is unrelated to the flat tire you had. The purpose of the axle seal is to keep transmission fluid from leaking. Depending on the size of the leak, it may be okay to drive with a...
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Concern wether my 2 front axles really needs replacement?
Generally, the leaking from the axle shaft area is caused when the boots crack and the fluid is leaked out. The tricky part about identifying this is knowing when the boots actually cracked, when they began leaking and to what...
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When front axle cv shaft is repaired does it come with cv boot
There are a couple basic scenarios when it comes to CV axle repair or replacement. If you have a torn boot on the vehicle, and it has not been torn for long and thus the CV joint is not yet...
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My vehicle started making this noise yesterday when I stop or start to go.
An "obvious" noise such as the one you are describing will, more than likely, be readily sourced to the failing component if you have a certified mechanic diagnose it. The service to request is a suspension/drive train noise diagnostic during...
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Which brand of new front CV drive axle is best for replacement at 80k miles? 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser
Hi there - the real question is whether you are buying (from any parts house) a "rebuilt" or "remanufactured" axles/CV joint, or a new one. If it's a new one, is it made by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) such...
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recall rear axle pinion nut
Hello there, the recall for your 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 only covers adding a retention device to the rear differential pinion nut. This does not require draining the fluid from the differential or opening the rear cover. The differential fluid...
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Front axle shim washer was bent during re install.
Hi there. For your question, this determines on how the gear was installed in the differential. Since you have a Dana 44 front axle design, the only thing that I could say is that the ring gear could have been...

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