Is it Safe to Drive With a Bad Axle?

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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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Joaquin

3 years of experience
80 reviews
Joaquin
3 years of experience
Hyundai Veracruz - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Plano, Texas
great job, very prompt, explained all that needed to be done and why. would certainly ask for his services again. Bill
Hyundai Sonata - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Dallas, Texas
He was very nice and friendly, did everything in a timely manner. Was extremely respectful saying “ma’am,” for everything. Like most was that he explained what the issue was with my car (in simple terms for me understand) and how to prevent further damage to my car. Would us Your Mechanic again for any future services.

Matthew

31 years of experience
639 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Land Rover Range Rover - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Williamsburg, Virginia
Matthew was great! He was on time, professional, knowledgeable, friendly and finish the work ahead of scheduled. He took additional time to answer my questions on other issues with my vehicle. I will book Matthew again in the future. Thank you Matthew and yourmechanic.com!
Mazda 626 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Hampton, Virginia
Matt was timely, professional, very knowledgeable and courteous. I will be booking him again for future services. I’d recommend him to anyone. Thanks again Matt.

Scott

34 years of experience
594 reviews
Scott
34 years of experience
Chevrolet Trailblazer - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Phoenix, Arizona
Scott was great. He was up front and honest about all the work. He did do the repairs I asked for, only for us both to find that the noise it was making was still there . That wasn't his fault, or anyone's really. It needed much more extensive repairs than I was prepared to make, such as a rebuild if a front differential. I ended up trading it in that evening. With that said, I would absolutely use this service again and even invite Scott to service any vehicle in the future. He was honest in a nice way.
Mitsubishi Eclipse - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Phoenix, Arizona
Scott was great. Showed up right on time and completed the work quickly. I will definitely book Scott when I use Your Mechanic.

Steve

13 years of experience
61 reviews
Steve
13 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Bronx, New York
Steve is an excellent mechanic and very knowledgeable . I would definitely use your service again. Thank you.

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