Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Driveshafts going bad

asked by on

Hi, 2002 Subaru Impreza Outback. History of the car is basically no needed maintenance for 13 odd years, due to low mileage for the majority of it's life (2002 - 2013). Beginning 2014, more intensive driving began, which the car had not been used to.....ever. Problem areas began to arise. One problem, CV Axle assembly needs replacement. It is very evident from vibration, sound and visual inspection that both half shafts are bad. My question is.....could driving on a bad axle for any amount of time have a detrimental effect on the rear shafts and differential? If so, how can I know for sure it is bad....or ok?

My car has 128000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If the axles are bad and vibrating then the...

If the axles are bad and vibrating then they may affect the parts that are connected to them. The axles may start to wear the bearings, shocks and bushings in the suspension. I recommend having the axles replaced and any other problems diagnosed. I would have a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, replace the axle and diagnose anything else that may be causing the car to vibrate.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Wheel bearings fail often, what is the problem?

This is a common problem on 2005 and 2006 models. Subaru released a technical service bulletin (TSB 03-58-08) for this specific problem. According to the TSB, the rear wheel bearings may develop a noise over time, but that it does...

Q: I think my cv boot came off!

I am glad you asked this question. I am going to go through some steps with you to ensure that you have the correct problem diagnosed. When you look at the wheel well on the side where you...

Q: I want to buy a 1997 Subaru Outback Wagon that appears to have oil/fluid leaks.

Hi there. There are three categories for leaks, that I use. Seepage (by all factory standards considered normal) collects dirt, signs of a leak (wetter than seepage) may or may not see it on the ground (monitor level), and a...

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.