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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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Can you work on a 2003 ML500 Mercedes?
YourMechanic's professional staff work on all makes and models including the full range of Mercedes-Benz models. With regard to the noise, a possibility is a faulty CV axle but there are other possible causes of the noise you are describing,...
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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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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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Warped front driver side axle
If the axle shaft is not straight or there is a problem with the joints such that the axle does not run in a straight axis, all leading to vibration, you have to replace the axle as soon as possible...
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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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I don't answer unknown phone calls so can you please send me an email for quote and a phone number where you are calling from?
In most scenarios, hitting a curb would not damage the CV boot although hitting a curb could result in damage to suspension components and misalignment if it is a severe impact. The circumstance you are describing with the grease on...
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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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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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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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Hyundai Accent 2003 grinds when steering left or going straight.
Among the likely causes of this sort of noise are the outer CV axle joint and/or the wheel bearing. You describe the noise as clear and obvious and thus the mechanic should be able to pinpoint it very readily on...
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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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Axle Damage 2005 Dodge Caravan
Hi there - I would have the vehicle inspected to determine the extent of damage to the drive train, and the fuel tank/pump assembly. Damage to both of these areas could be a real safety issue. I recommend a axle...
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Sump replacement for yaris 2010
We would be happy to help you with these issues which indeed are common repairs performed by YourMechanic on a mobile basis, right at your location. A repair of the axle leak can be obtained by requesting axle shaft seal...
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2006 Toyota 4x4 4Runner's front CV axle replacement.
My experience with aftermarket parts is identical to yours. If you want the CV axle that was specifically designed for the vehicle and manufactured to reasonable standards, buy the part that is vended by Toyota. On a case-by-case basis, some...
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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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How driveshaft of vehicle fail on LHS or RHS only...?
Hello - there are many factors which could cause this due to design, manufacturing or driving conditions other than what the axles were designed for. Axle failure due to torsion loads is caused by a concentration of stresses at the...
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Can I take my front driveshift out and not use 4wd until I get the parts? There in only driving 2wd.
Hi there. If the front axle has a full time 4WD system, then you cannot just remove the front driveshaft and drive the vehicle in 2 HI as the front wheels will turn all of the parts in the axle....
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I have a 2005 Hyundai Sonata the back rear wheel is bent into the vehicle so I'm assuming it is a broken axle. How much would some
Hello, thank you for writing in. Damage in that area can effect everything that took the impact directly, and all of the components linked to that area. The damage to the wheel, wheel hub, suspension, axle, tire, and brakes 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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