Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Axle? | YourMechanic Advice

Is It Safe to Drive With a Broken Axle?

Without two operational axles, your car won’t be going much of anywhere. They’re what transfers power to the wheels from the transmission (in a front-wheel drive setup) or the differential (in a rear-wheel drive system). If one of your axles is broken, do not drive the car. It’s not safe.

If you notice a bumping, clicking or grinding noise when going into turns, your axle isn’t broken yet, but it’s only a matter of time. Actually, the problem here is most likely a failing CV joint. If the boot that protects the joint is damaged and the grease leaks out, dirt and debris will get in. Combined with the lack of lubrication from not enough grease, the joint will eventually tear itself apart.

If your axles are failing, you’ll still technically be able to drive your car. This is very risky, though, as they could completely fail at any point and is not recommended at all. When your axle fails, it’s possible that you’ll lose control of the car, possibly causing an accident or crashing. It’s a far better choice to have the problem diagnosed and repaired now, rather than trusting to chance.

If you suspect that your axles are about to break, time is of the essence. Once broken completely, your car won’t move, and if they break while you’re driving, it could cause a serious accident. It is recommended to have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose your vehicle and assist you with an axle replacement if required.


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John

19 years of experience
479 reviews
John
19 years of experience
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.
Ford Fusion - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Orlando, Florida
John has great car knowledge and travels with about every tool known to man as well as uses them properly.

Torrieanto

11 years of experience
632 reviews
Torrieanto
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.
Ford Flex - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Tampa, Florida
Arrived ahead of schedule, very polite & friendly, simple yes the work in less time then estimated! Would definitely recommend.

Robert

3 years of experience
46 reviews
Robert
3 years of experience
Nissan Versa - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Tacoma, Washington
A rock star! I'm not kidding. One more car repair and one more time to exclaim how happy we are with Robert's service, knowledge base, recommendations, communication and timeliness. We've foregone taking our vehicles to dealerships or chain repair shops after having Robert do repairs/replacements on 3 of our vehicles. I can't express just how much we appreciate the convenience of having a knowledgable HONEST and dependable mechanic who will come to our house to work on said vehicles. If you passed Robert over in the past for another mechanic, I'd urge you to give him a shot at your next repair. You'll be happy you did.
Ford F-150 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Lakewood, Washington
I have to say that Robert's diagnosis repairs were better than expected! He was quick and efficient and communicative before during and after his arrival. He also had great advice about parts for my vehicle and I will HIGHLY recommend him to my family and friends for any vehicle repairs.

Roberto

11 years of experience
186 reviews
Roberto
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.
Hummer H3 - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Houston, Texas
Being the first time to use this service I was not sure what to really to expect. However, after seeing Roberto take care of my Hummer I fully endorse Roberto and "Your Mechanic" now. Roberto performed the work in a fast and professional manner. Being now in the COVID-19 world he wore a mask. I appreciated his detailing the work and checking the basic inspection afterward. It is good to now have a "Go-To" mechanic who will be able to service my needs moving forward.

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