Do-It-Yourself Automotive Axle Assembly Repair Tips and Tricks
Copyright (c) 2006 Quinton Becker
Replacing an axle assembly is not as difficult as you may think.
For front-wheel drive cars, and for some rear-wheel drive cars,
this can be a do-it-yourself job. You will want to review the
repair manual of your vehicle to decide, based on your own
mechanical skill, whether you feel comfortable tackling this
A common repair that often must be done after general wear on a
vehicle is the replacement of a CV joint. In many cases, it makes
good financial sense to replace the entire axle assembly instead
of repairing the joint alone. Since replacing a CV joint can be a
labor-intensive job, it may also be easier to replace the entire
axle assembly. Doing so will save time and thus cut labor
costs-you can often replace the entire assembly for the same cost
as replacing only the joints. This will, however, depend on how
much your mechanic charges you-unless you decide to attempt the
installation on your own.
Again, read the installation instructions for your vehicle's
make and model. If you are fairly comfortable working on your own
car, then this may be a project that you want to tackle yourself.
Doing so would save you the money you would otherwise pay a
An axle assembly is used mainly in front-wheel and four-wheel
drive cars to transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.
Most rear-wheel drive cars do not use an axle assembly, though
there are a few exceptions, primarily high-end German sports
cars. One reason that CV boots and axle assemblies fail, is due
to the access of debris and contaminants. Debris can get inside
of the boot if the boot comes loose or becomes cracked. When this
happens, CV joints will quickly degenerate and fail.
If you own a four-wheel drive vehicle and take it off-road on a
regular basis, you are more likely to experience problems with
debris getting inside of the seals. This is even more common if
you like to go "mudding" and do not wash all of the mud out from
the undercarriage of your vehicle.
Choosing a manufacturer for your new axle assembly is important.
For many vehicles, you can go with OEM or aftermarket parts. If
you own a specialized vehicle like a Bertone, you will want to go
with Bertone parts, because keeping original Bertone parts would
help to maintain such a vehicle's value.
If maintaining all original-brand parts is not important to you,
then you have many choices when it comes to replacement
manufacturers. Many of these aftermarket replacement parts can be
found at a lower price-sometimes of a higher quality, as well.
When buying auto parts, it pays to shop around and find the best
quality and price.
Most of the time, a new axle assembly will come with a solid
warranty, so that you do not have to be concerned about part
failure in the immediate future. It is important as both a buyer
and a mechanic to be selective and to get the right part the
first time. Doing so will prevent having to remove
newly-installed equipment, because it is not the right one for
Research and investigation can help you determine the best
replacement parts for your vehicles. And using the internet to
make your purchases will allow you to save a lot of money, while
improving the quality of products you are able to buy within your
Quinton Becker writes about cars, trucks and automobiles.
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New axle assemblies generally come with fresh CV joints and boots
already installed, so you do not have to buy both the assembly
and the joints. Since the entire assembly works through the
boots, it is important that all parts are well-maintained and
work in harmony with one another.