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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...
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...
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...
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...
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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Hello, do you know how much it costs to fixed a damaged axel on a 2005 Hyundai Elantra?
At auto parts stores, the axle costs roughly $70 on up. It takes about 1 to 2 hours to install the axle. The job requires special tools though and to ensure a trouble free result, the axle output seal in...
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I hear a loud clicking noise on the drivers side by my tire rim when turning the steering wheel front tires vibrating as well.
A clicking noise on turning is very characteristic of a failed outboard CV axle joint. Sometimes, in such a circumstance, you can see that the rubber outboard boot is actually torn and leaking grease. If you see that (look behind...
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i have a 2005 dodge ram 1500 that makes a clicking noise when i turn what is this
If your vehicle is 4WD with CV axles in the front, a common cause of clicking and clunking in the circumstances that you describe is a faulty outer CV joint. Such can often be detected on visual exam and with...
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New tires vs cv placement
The CV axle has to be replaced first because removal and installation of an axle can alter wheel alignment. If you align the car first and replace the axle, you might have to align it again, or at the very...
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Got hit by the gas tank on a 2000 nissan maxima now axel looks bent. What else might be broken
Hello, thank you for writing in. In the area of the fuel tank and axle, there are likely fuel and brake lines to be concerned about. This is in addition to the components related to the wheel, axle, and fuel...
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I hit a median with the front driver side tire and then my front passenger tire caved in
Hello, thank you for writing in. Hitting a curb can cause damage to the tire, rim, and axle. Evaluating the damage on the drivers front tires is the first step. The tire may be damaged. The rim may now be...
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loud noise from drivers side rear wheel
If a bearing in the differential has failed, the differential has to be opened up and rebuilt or replaced. You just want to make sure that the noise is not from a failed wheel bearing because if you have a...
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Feels and sounds like front half shaft but no appearance of any break or leaks
The front axle CV joints may be worn even if the boots are good. You should also have the front hub bearings checked to see if they are bad.
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passenger side axle broke- how do I get the part out that connects into transmission
On the passenger side, be sure to remove the retaining bracket bolts. The splined segment of the axle that is within the transmission is retained in the transmission by a spring steel retaining clip known as a circlip. As you...
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replacing cv axle
Hello. On your particular vehicle you just have to replace the axle. Disconnecting things such as the tie rod and ball joint will make it easier to get the axle out of the way but it's really a to each...
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I HAVE A 2009 SRX V6
Between the drive shaft and the yoke into the differential is a u-joint. Based on your description that joint may be faulty and in need of replacement. To have that component inspected, and replaced if necessary, please request universal joint...
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I had both axles replaced and car still sqeaks alot what could the problem
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be squeaking for a number of reasons. The best way to tell if it is the axles causing the sounds is to isolate the noise with a series of tests. You...
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Hey do a dodge Dodge Journey have a straight axle or one axle on both sides
Hello, thank you for writing in. If there is no damage to the passenger side of the vehicle, then do not worry about replacing that side's axle. You can just replace the left side. Double check the rest of the...
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what are the symptoms of a bad axle? 2006 Honda Civic
Hello. A bad axle shows up in a few ways. A visual inspection would first tell you if there is a broken and leaking boot on the axle. Though a boot can be replaced I usually replace the axle. They...
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My car makes a grinding noise when i put it in gear and wont accelerate
The problem sounds like you may have broke an axle CV joint or the problem is in the transmission? I suggest having a mechanic like one from YourMechanic come to you and check to see which one is failing. ...
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How long does it take to change rear end on 2003 ford f150
The time depends on whether you are dropping in a pre-assembled (re-built or used) axle/differential or are talking about re-building what you have. To just remove and re-install the entire assembly would require roughly 7 to 11 hours depending on...
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Any tips on how to get the shaft out of transmission.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are a few things you can try. The most commonly utilized options includes larger and longer tools for more leverage. If you are attempting to save the axle you are removing, you will...
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Seeping rear right axle seal
Hello, thank you for writing in. Apologies for the difficulty in obtaining a quote. Smart Cars are a little harder to price out, and our website may not have been automatically able to do so. The average price range for...
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axle issue
The noise you get when you try to put it in park is the parking pawl trying to engage while the transmission is turning. It's clear that either the axle has failed, or it has become disconnected somehow. It could...

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