Axle Repair

What is an axle?


An axle is a load-bearing component that connects the vehicle wheels together on both sides. An integral structural component, as important as brakes or tires, axles maintain the position of the wheels relative to each other and the vehicle, as well as bear the weight of all parts of the vehicle and its cargo.


What could possibly go wrong with an axle?


They can get bent or broken. A drive axle tube can be damaged by a bearing failure and may need to be replaced. Since some vehicle manufacturers combine the transmission and the axle to create a transaxle, repairs can be more complicated. Also, an axle is often connected to the wheel with a CV joint, and a CV joint boot, or protective covering, may eventually crack or leak.


What are my options?


Unless the owner has the necessary skills and equipment to repair it, the vehicle will probably need to be taken to a local dealer or repair shop, although some vendors also offer mobile services. There are numerous automotive websites that advertise auto repair services, and some sites offer DIY instructions for particular models and makes.

 

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