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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 have a 2004 Dodge Ram quad cab with a 5.7 liter 8 cylinder engine. When I put truck in 4 wheel drive and move I hear a clucking.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing could be either the front axle engagement solenoid or the gear lash on the pinion and ring gear on the front axle could be too much. Check to see if the front...
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Transmission shifts extremely hard from first to second gear.
Hi there. The transmission is shifting very hard from 1st gear to 2nd gear for the accumulator spring or piston is broken. The accumulator is designed to cushion the shift and allow the transmission to ease into the next gear....
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Can't get my new cv axel to lock in place
You should first compare the shaft joint to the old one that came out. If it is the same then the small clip in the end of the axle shaft is not engaging the inside of the carrier due to...
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transmission axle has play or movement.
Hi there. The axle play could be caused by the outer bearing on the transmission to be worn out. The bearing is inside the transmission, so to replace the bearing, the transmission will have to be removed from the vehicle...
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I am having trouble finding a cv axle to fit in my 2002 Toyota Celica
Hello. You may have to put two different axles together to get them to fit, but the best thing to do would be to find out the size and spline of your hub and transmission and then determine what length...
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I am getting every time when accellerating vibration in driver side front at speed 30-38m/h? 2010 Honda Accord
Hi there - there are a couple of possible problems here to cause such a vibration - a bad CV joint or CV axle on the driver side, or a failed motor mount that is allowing the engine to twist...
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1985 mercury marquis v6 3.8 the seal on the rear end is leaking were the drive shaft connects to axle and it needs repaired.
Hi there. Remove the wheels from the vehicle with the vehicle on jack stands and remove all of the brakes. Then behind the brake spider plate, there is 4 bolts that is holding the axle shaft in place. Remove the...
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bent rear passenger side axle.
Hi there. The noise that you are hearing on the front of the vehicle is the control arm bushings are hard and need replaced. If you need further assistance with your control arm bushings, then seek out a professional, such...
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Leak near front passenger wheel possible axle shaft seal
Hello, thank you for writing in. The location that you describe sounds most like a broken axle seal. While it is okay to drive the vehicle for the immediate time, that oil will collect dirt and debris and clog the...
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Rear axle slipping out.
Hi there. If you have a solid axle housing on the vehicle, then the c-lock on the axle broke causing the axle to come out. If your vehicle has CV Shafts, then the joint to the CV Shaft may have...
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estimate on axle replacement
The rubber boots covering CV axle outer joints can tear and the grease can then leak out and eventually the joint wears excessively and fails. If the tear in the boot is detected early enough the joint can be saved;...
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About how much does it cost to repair a left front axel that caused my transmission fluid to leak?
If the CV axle shaft is truly bent, as apposed to having just damaged CV joints, such damage will typically only happen in a collision. The axle shafts are very thick strong steel and the impact required to bend a...
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What is the replacement cost for the rear axle on a 2007 Ford Escape
Hi there. The cost of replacement will vary based on what model the vehicle is and if it is all wheel drive. It will also vary based on where you have it done due to the labor cost and what...
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Grinding noise but not pads
Some common possibilities are a faulty outer CV joint on the axle, a defective wheel bearing, and/or interference between any rotating component (rotor, hub, etc) and fixed components such as the brake splash shield. There are other possibilities involving, for...
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I have been searching on the internet to no avail to find a cv axle for my can you hellp me out please 2011 Mazda 2/Demio
Hello - keep searching for "2011 Mazda 2 axle" or 2011 Mazda Demio axle" - both Mazda and a large handful of aftermarket auto parts suppliers have CV axles available for this vehicle. Ford sold this platform as the Ford...
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Hello, I just got my front lower ball joints and control arms replaced today, but I am now experiencing a tinking sound.
The most obvious possibility is damage to the CV joint during control arm replacement. In your application, the CV joint and boot will be impacted unless precautions are taken when the ball joint is separated from the steering knuckle. Indeed,...
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cv axle fell off. RF side. Lower control arm, tierod, and all else ok. 2014 jeep compass 4WD With 6f24 (6speed) trans.
There is a steel snap ring that fits in a grove on the transmission end of the axle. The snap ring is designed to retain the axle within the transmission. If the snap ring has broken, or otherwise come off,...
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I have a crunching/grinding noise when turning
If you have 4 wheel drive, the noise might be due to a failed outboard CV joint. Another possibility is brake interference or wheel bearing noise although if you had a defective wheel bearing you would normally hear the noise...
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When lifted and put in drive the wheels (FWD) stop spinning once in a while, I can hear rumbling.
When you let the wheels hang down, and operate the transmission in drive you are turning the CV axles at an angle they really are not intended to operate at. Therefore, the axles, at the CV joints, may be binding...
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There were 14 different axle, ratio and rear brake combinations for those two years. 1997 and 2001 do not interchange. However, a quick look at the published interchange data suggests that IF the axle, ratio, and brake set up "matches",...

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