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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Nissan Altima - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Mesa, Arizona
Greg is very knowledgeable, thorough and explained his diagnosis and work as he progressed through the process. This is my second repair. an axle, with Greg. It won't be the last. He's my mechanic and I've recommended him to friends and coworkers. You're going to be a busy guy, Greg. Great work.
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Mercedes-Benz C300 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Spring, Texas
Mister Ron was very nice and took time out to explain any concerns I might have about my car. He also made sure he communicated with me when he was on his way, once he was outside, and when we was done working on my car. I appreciate that considering I have a newborn that I had to look after.
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Buick Century - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Chesapeake, Virginia
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Volkswagen Passat - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Rock Hill, South Carolina
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