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CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement Estimate for Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement costs $258 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$218 to $465
Labor: $80 -$225
Parts: $138 -$240
Average Dealer price
$381 to 743
Average Shop price
$269 to 541
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2005 Subaru OutbackH6-3.0LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$418.25Shop/Dealer Price$510.50 - $752.81
2015 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$392.15Shop/Dealer Price$477.96 - $700.75
2004 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$402.79Shop/Dealer Price$488.70 - $713.89
2016 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$409.83Shop/Dealer Price$504.56 - $758.33
2007 Subaru OutbackH6-3.0LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$392.75Shop/Dealer Price$480.31 - $719.09
2013 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$416.37Shop/Dealer Price$504.74 - $739.42
2017 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$404.83Shop/Dealer Price$497.03 - $748.91
2005 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5L TurboService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$411.75Shop/Dealer Price$506.38 - $750.47
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CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement Service

What are CV Axles and how do they work?

All front wheel drive and all wheel drive cars use CV axles. “CV” is short for constant velocity. You have your engine and transmission in the car. Which are mounted to the body of the car and cannot move up and down with the suspension. [AB2] Then you have the suspension and wheels on the car, which can go up and down to absorb bumps and on the front of the car, steer. The CV axle is a shaft that has two constant velocity joints at either end of it. One end comes out of the transmission, the other end mounts in the wheel hub. The two joints let the axle continue to spin as the suspension travels up and down and you steer the car. An fwd car will have one for both the passenger side and driver’s side. An AWD car will have the same, but additionally two in the rear of the car. Each of the CV joints is covered by a rubber accordion looking boot that holds the grease in and keeps dirt and water out. Because of mileage, environment, and just wear and tear these boots can rip. When they rip, grease escapes, dirt, and water get into the CV joint and can make it wear out. This will often cause a clicking noise from the front of the car while turning.

When to replace your CV axles.

There is no set interval for changing CV axles. They simply wear out over time and unless you have your car regularly inspected by a mechanic you may not know that they have torn boots.

  • You hear a clicking sound when turning while driving from the front of the vehicle
  • You notice lots of heavy black axle grease inside of your wheel or on the ground around your car.
  • Vibration at highway speeds.

How mechanics replace CV axles.

The mechanic will:

  • Verify the axle shaft needs to be replaced.
  • Remove wheel and replace the faulty axle.
  • Torque all fasteners and wheels to factory specifications.
  • Top off any lost transmission fluid
  • Check tire pressure.
  • Perform a road test.

Is it safe to drive with a worn out CV axle?

For a very short period, yes you can. However, over time, you run the risk of having the CV break and leaving you stranded. The CV axle is the only thing that transmits power from your engine and transmission to the wheels. It’s vital to keep you on the road.

When replacing cv axles keep in mind:

  • Your car has multiple axle shafts, but in most cases, only one will need to be replaced.
  • Even if the CV joints or boots are the only parts of the axle to fail, it is often recommended to replace the entire axle.
  • CV axles in climates that have snow and use road salt can seize to the vehicle’s wheel bearing hub. It may require extra parts or labor to replace the CV axle.

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Richard

15 years of experience
54 reviews
Richard
15 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Berkeley, California
Richard was great. He was running late as a result of picking up the parts for the job and called me to let me know his arrival time. Once he got here, he was very professional and nice to talk to. He told me about his interesting background and experience and it was clear that he knows what he is doing and is a professional. I would recommend Richard highly.

Gregory

29 years of experience
236 reviews
Gregory
29 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Denver, Colorado
Had a great experience with Gregory. He showed up on time, completed the job, and gave me some tips about how to better maintain my vehicle. I'll definitely ask for him again on Your Mechanic.

Clifton

28 years of experience
196 reviews
Clifton
28 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Passenger Side Front) - Delray Beach, Florida
Awesome I unfortunately was at work 3/4 mile away so wife was home to turn over keys everything went great he called when close and called when finished very pleased with new shiny axle assembly thumbs up

Stefan

15 years of experience
367 reviews
Stefan
15 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Axle / CV Shaft Assembly Replacement (Driver Side Front, Passenger Side Front) - Vacaville, California
Stefan was on time, was very careful to keep the work area clean and seemed to care about the work he did.
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Subaru OutbackH6-3.0LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$418.25Shop/Dealer Price$510.50 - $752.81
2015 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$392.15Shop/Dealer Price$477.96 - $700.75
2004 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$402.79Shop/Dealer Price$488.70 - $713.89
2016 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$409.83Shop/Dealer Price$504.56 - $758.33
2007 Subaru OutbackH6-3.0LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$392.75Shop/Dealer Price$480.31 - $719.09
2013 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$416.37Shop/Dealer Price$504.74 - $739.42
2017 Subaru OutbackH6-3.6LService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front ReplacementEstimate$404.83Shop/Dealer Price$497.03 - $748.91
2005 Subaru OutbackH4-2.5L TurboService typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear ReplacementEstimate$411.75Shop/Dealer Price$506.38 - $750.47
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