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 it safe to drive with a bad axle?

While you might be able to limp away if the axle is only slightly bent, it is never a good idea to drive on a damaged axle. If the axle fails completely you can lose control of the car. Common damage to the axles include:

  • Leaking CV boot You’re ok for a little while, but get it fixed very soon. However, if the CV boot is blown? If the joint isn’t making noise, then you’re ok for a very short time (get it fixed immediately). If the joint is making noise, then you should have a certified mechanic come to you to get your CV boot replaced.

  • Leaking seals: If the problem is a leaking seal (at either the transmission or the rear differential), you might be safe driving for a little while depending on the severity of the leak. However, any leak, no matter how minor, will lower the level of fluid (transmission fluid or gear dope), which can lead to very serious damage, costing far more than you’d pay to have the axle or axle shaft seal replaced.

  • Accident Damage: If the axle is badly bent from being in an accident, encountering debris on the road or driving through a very deep pothole, it’s highly recommended that you have your axle assembly replaced immediately. Never drive with a badly bent axle (and try not to drive with one that has even a slight bend).

If you suspect that you have a damaged axle, make sure that you have it inspected and fixed as quickly as possible.


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Travis

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10 years of experience
Hyundai Santa Fe V6-2.7L - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Arrived on time and got right to the job. Finished up earlier than expected and gave me some advice on what needs to be done down the line.
Lincoln MKX - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Travis was very professional and knowledgeable. Did I mention fixed my car in record time?! Great job and a great mechanic. Thank you for your help!

ADAM

34 years of experience
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ADAM
34 years of experience
Honda Pilot V6-3.5L - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Lancaster, Texas
Great customer service and professionalism. He made my life so much better with his excellent mechanic skills. My truck runs like new.
Ford Fusion - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Desoto, Texas
Adam is fantastic, on time, knowledgeable, professional and super friendly. He replaced both of our cv axles in record time, and let us know about a few things that were also needing to be taken care of!

Efrain

20 years of experience
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Efrain
20 years of experience
Nissan Rogue Select L4-2.5L - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Hyattsville, Maryland
Efrain was great & quick. Very solutions oriented and answered all my questions questions. Went above and beyond by filling my tires with air and disposing of the old damaged part.

Jamie

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Jamie
22 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata L4-2.4L - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Alta Loma, California
Jamie was professional, reliable and polite. He was on time ans easy to work with. Quality work, would recommend.

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