Q: Clicking noise at lowspeed turns, vibration when stopping abruptly, mechanic said need axles & no grease left. how long do i have?

asked by on

During a tire change, mechanic said I needed new axles on both sides because all of the grease has leaked out and the boots are dried out, this was communicated to me about 300 miles ago. I have been noticing some clicking noise when turning at low speed, and extra vibration when stopping more abruptly, but no instability or increased noise/vibrations at high speeds. I wanted to ask how long I have before I need to change my axles. What happens if I don't change them and can it be dangerous?

My car has 11600 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

As for "how long you have", unfortunately you needed to replace them when they were mentioned. With no grease to protect and lubricate them, the clicking noise you hear is the joints basically grinding themselves apart. Is this potentially dangerous? YES. If one of the joints fails and breaks apart while you are driving, the axle is going to be swinging around at speed and will cause extensive damage to the vehicle as well as possibly cause you to lose control. A qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to replace the axle and joints as necessary.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Clicking noise at lowspeed turns, vibration when stopping abruptly, mechanic said need axles & no grease left. how long do i have?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: The engine stays at 2000 RPM when shifting

It is difficult to discern whether there is a problem with the engine RPM (revolutions per minute) staying at 2000 RPM as your vehicle was upshifting. If the vehicle speed increased and the transmission upshifted properly, this would lead me...

Q: Broken spark plug in head

Having a broken spark plug in the cylinder head is never a good thing. If the threaded part of the plug is in the head then it needs to be extracted in one of two ways. There are special extraction...

Q: driver side lower ball joint rubbing rim.

Hi there. The control arm bushing can cause the lower ball joint to rest on the rim. If the bushings are missing, the lower control arm will move forward or backwards with the vehicle during turns. This can put a...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.