Is It Safe to Drive With a Bent Axle?

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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 can be damaged. This can occur during an auto accident, running over a curb, or even hitting a particularly deep pothole at higher speeds. The result is a bent axle. Is it safe to drive with a bent axle?

  • The severity: A lot of it will depend on how badly bent the axle is. If the bend is slight, you can drive, at least for a little while. However, understand that you will probably feel a lot of vibration, and since the bend prevents the axle from turning smoothly, it will eventually cause damage to other components, such as the CV joint.

  • Bent axle or damaged wheel: Often, the only sign of a bent axle is a wobble in one wheel. If you sustained the damage during an accident or by hitting road debris, and it caused damage to the wheel, it’s possible that your wobble is from either a damaged wheel or a bent axle (or both). Only an experienced mechanic will be able to determine which is true in your case.

  • Severe bending: If the bend is severe (more than a quarter-inch or so), then you need to have your axle replaced immediately. A badly bent axle will quickly cause damage to CV joints, and it’s possible to damage your wheel hubs, bearings and other components. It can also damage the mounting flange where it attaches to the differential (in a rear-wheel drive vehicle), and possibly cause internal damage to the differential gearing.

If you’re experiencing a wobble from one wheel, or you’ve recently been involved in an accident, or run over a curb and your car is handling different, you should have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose the problem and get you back on the road safely.


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Joaquin

3 years of experience
90 reviews
Joaquin
3 years of experience
Lexus RX300 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Plano, Texas
Joaquin arrived early and completed the job timely. He was also very respectful, knowledgeable, professional and friendly guy to talk to. He provides a level of trust often not found in this business and I would reccommend him for your repair needs.
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

Matthew

31 years of experience
652 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
601 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.

Adrian

12 years of experience
8 reviews
Adrian
12 years of experience
Chevrolet Volt - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Atlanta, Georgia
He came on time, which was awesome, and he did the work in an hour. I liked his professionalism and knowledge.

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