Fort Collins Auto Repair

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Axle CV Shaft Assembly?

There are many parts to your vehicle, some of which you may have never heard about before. But that doesn't make them less important. The CV axles are like a drivetrain that is found on most vehicles today. They transfer power from the transmission to the different wheels and drive them forward. They have a greased joint that allows your vehicle to move without as much effort.

Since the axles have a direct impact on the motion of your vehicle, they have a high level of stress over time, which can subject them to failure at some point. Here are some signs that yours might be on the way out.

Clicking Noises When Turning

If you hear your vehicle making a clicking noise when you turn, or perhaps when you accelerate, the CV axle could be worn. That joint will click when it is loose and when it is loose, it could be close to the point of no return. The clicks will get louder when you drive faster or turn harder.

Grease On The Tire's Edge

If you notice grease on the edge of the tire, that might mean that the CV boot is leaking, which is not a good thing for the axle as a whole. It needs lubrication in order to function well and if that grease is ending up on the tire instead, that's not a good sign for the component.

Vibration

When you drive, if you feel the vehicle vibrating, that could also show you that your CV axle is going bad. It can affect the balance of the vehicle when it rotates and it it vibrates a lot, that can interfere with other parts, causing them to misalign or fall out of balance as well.

Think of your CV axle as a link between the engine and the wheels of your vehicle. When you notice anything amiss in your vehicle, it's a good idea to get things checked out and repaired before anything larger breaks down. Give our auto repair shop a call today to get in for an inspection and any necessary repairs.

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