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 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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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.
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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!

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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
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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.

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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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