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If there are signs of leakage, puddle of fluid, or the axle shaft pops out, you may need to replace your car's axle shaft seal. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Axle Shaft Seal Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.
|Cars||Estimate||Parts Cost||Labor Cost||Savings||Average Dealer Price|
|2013 Kia Forte||$240||$58.04||$182.00||28%||$337.54|
|2007 Dodge Durango||$294||$49.06||$245.00||30%||$425.31|
|2005 GMC Sierra 2500 HD||$215||$46.62||$168.00||29%||$304.62|
|2006 Acura TL||$244||$69.34||$175.00||27%||$338.09|
|2012 BMW X5||$362||$82.50||$280.00||29%||$512.50|
|2014 Porsche 911||$346||$65.96||$280.00||30%||$495.96|
The CV axle shaft seal is a rubber or metal seal that is located where a vehicle’s CV axle meets the transmission, differential, or transfer case. It prevents fluid from leaking out of the transmission or differential housing as the CV axle rotates when the vehicle is in motion. In some vehicles, the axle shaft seal also helps to keep the axle shaft in proper alignment with the transmission.
CV axle shaft seals are usually located along the surface where the CV axle enters the transmission for front-wheel-drive (FWD) vehicles, or at the differential for rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicles. They serve a simple yet important purpose, and when they fail, they can cause problems for the vehicle that will need to be serviced. Usually, when the CV axle shaft seals fail, the vehicle will produce a few symptoms that can notify the driver that there may be a problem.
One of the first signs that a CV axle shaft may need to be replaced is the presence of leaks. As the seal begins to wear, it may begin to leak slowly and cover the area immediately around the seal with a thin layer of gear oil or transmission fluid. A small or minor leak will leave a thin layer, while a larger leak will leave a noticeably greater amount.
One of the most common and most noticeable signs of a problem with one of the vehicle’s axle shaft seals is a puddle of fluid. When the axle shaft seal fails, gear oil or transmission fluid may leak from the transmission or differential. Depending on the location of the seal and the severity of the leak, a bad seal may sometimes cause the differential or transmission fluid to leak out entirely. A leaky seal should be addressed as soon as possible, as a transmission or differential low on fluid because of a leak can quickly become damaged by overheating.
Another symptom of a potential problem with the CV axle shaft seal is the axle constantly popping out. In some vehicles, the axle shaft seal not only seals the transmission and axle mating surfaces, but it also acts as support for the CV axle. If the seal becomes damaged in any way, it may not only begin to leak, but it may also no longer be able to support the axle correctly and may pop out or come loose as a result. A shaft that has come loose would require the shaft to be correctly installed before the vehicle can drive again.
Because the CV axle shaft seals are what keep the fluid in the transmission and differential, fluid may begin to leak when they fail, which will put the transmission or differential in danger of overheating and becoming damaged. For this reason, if you notice that your CV axle seal is leaking or suspect that it may need to be replaced, have a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, determine what the correct course of action may be. They will be able to replace the CV axle shaft seal for you if needed or make any other repairs as necessary.