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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Travis

10 years of experience
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Travis
10 years of experience
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.
Lincoln MKX - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front) - Houston, Texas
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!

ADAM

34 years of experience
5 reviews
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
81 reviews
Efrain
20 years of experience
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.

Jamie

22 years of experience
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Jamie
22 years of experience
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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