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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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Ford Fusion - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Orlando, Florida
John is outstanding! He is patient and methodical as well as more qualified than any dealer mechanic I have observed. I took my car to my local Ford dealer. They had it for 7 days trying to figure how to repair an axel frozen solid to the hub in which the hub had a bad bearing. John was able to remove then install the parts needed (steering knuckle, axel, bearing, and hub) within 2 visits. The second visit was needed because parts had to be ordered. All this work performed in my driveway. No dealer hassles, no needing to get rides to/from dealer, and actually watching old parts come out and new ones installed was reassuring. John is excellent.
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11 years of experience
Chevrolet Venture - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Palm Harbor, Florida
Torrieanto was great he completed the job with no problem and was quick and efficient I would definitely request him.
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Nissan Versa - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Tacoma, Washington
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11 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Roberto finished the job within 1 hour. I will recommend him to family and friends going forward. Thanks again Roberto for your integrity and excellent workmanship.
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