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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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Im not sure if its the tie rods that are bad or if its the cv axle... it doesnt click or anything
Typically, if you feel "slack" in the steering, the rack and pinion (or other "steering gear") unit is worn but the tie rod ends (inner and/or outer) could be implicated as well. Vibration or shuddering on application of the brakes...
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There's a heavy vibration under my car - is it the U-joint?
If while driving the sound "changes" when you turn the steering wheel that would point toward bad outer CV axle joint(s). If the noise is as bad as you are describing, that will probably be easy to diagnose and indeed...
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Possible left wheel axle replacement after a wreck.
Hi there. Check the vehicle underneath and look at the CV shaft axle. If the CV shaft is broken in two or bent, then the CV shaft is damaged. When replacing the CV shaft, be sure to check out the...
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Tie rods
The tie rods used on the rear wheel drive version versus the four wheel drive version of the truck are completely different. Insofar as the axle, the cataloging shows a difference in tie rod, depending on whether the axle is...
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Will my car be able to be fixed? 2013 VW Passat
Hello - This task is best handled by a collision repair estimator at a reputable paint and body shop. S/he is trained to evaluate visible and not-so-visible damage, and the costs to repair. Unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic.com...
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How many hours should it take to replace a left rear axle on a 2007 freightliner, century series?
Hi there. Your question depends on whether the axle and flange gasket was replaced with an oil top off or the axle, flange gasket, wheel bearings, brakes, wheel seal, and gear oil was replaced. If the axle and flange gasket...
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I was told by a Honda Dealer that the axle seals must be replaced in the front. I want to get a second opinion.
The axle seals are pressed into the transaxle case and their purpose is simply to keep the transmission fluid from leaking out of the transmission (and keep dirt and water out of the transmission, too, of course). There is an...
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How to remove a front right CV Axle on a 2000 honda passport
Hi there. Removing the CV axle shaft on the Passport can be rather tricky if you've never done this before on a similar vehicle. There are over 30 individual steps listed in the Honda service manual, which I'd recommend you...
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CV Axle failure.
Hello there, without knowing which parts the dealer determined to be faulty I can only offer general advice for your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500. The CV shaft, CV boots, and axle assembles are common repair items, any one of these...
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Only drives in reverse
Hello. From what you describe it sounds like your vehicle has experienced some sort of serious mechanical failure. The noises you describe, along with the broken bolt, do sound like they could possibly be associated with a broken axle. In...
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Change from automatic to manual 1995 Suzuki Esteem
Hello - there is obviously a missing connection in the driveline. Check that axles are properly installed so that there is a power path from the transmission to the wheels. Check the shifter cables for proper attachment as well -...
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Does the CV boot need to be replaced or do i need to replace the whole axle? 2008 Chevrolet Uplander
Hello - the CV joint or axle boot is available separately from a variety of sources. What your mechanic may be saying however, is that given your mileage, it would be best to replace the whole axle assembly for reliability...
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Need cv axel half shafts replaced.
If a mechanic shows up with an air tool to apply torque to a CV axle nut, run for the exits. The ONLY tool that can be used to tighten that nut is a carefully calibrated torque wrench, preferably one...
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Replaced the CV axle and now its hard to get it back in transmission and it leaks 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix
Hi - the transmission end of the axle has a "compression snap ring" that must be "popped" hard back into the case - being careful that the splines are correctly lined up first. For assistance if you are concerned about...
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What has stopped working cvc axle or transmission
The popping noise on turning is typical of failed outboard CV axle joints. It is possible the joints did finally break, thus accounting for the lack of movement. If you jack up the front wheel (just one side at a...
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My 2001 Volvo s40 males a loud thud every time I put it in drive. What could it mean?
The CV axle joints should be inspected for wear and/or damage. Putting the transmission into drive suddenly loads the joints and if there is looseness in those joints, as the play is suddenly taken up you can hear a thud....
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leaking brake fluid
The first thing to check is to see if you are getting low on brake fluid? The only two possible leaks that it can be where fluid comes out of the brake drum will be brake fluid or rear axle...
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I can't find a CV axle
The Integra axle may not work with your hubs, and you could end with the same concern. If the original transmission will bolt correctly to the Integra engine, then the civic axles will work. However, with mismatching transmission and hubs,...
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I can't get the axle out of the driver side hub.
The axle constant velocity (CV) joint has splines that go through the outer hub assembly secured with a large nut. Sometime when the CV axle needs to be removed the splines of the CV joint will rust and corrode then...
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Gear goop everywhere from driver side, near the axle/boot/frame
This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint...

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