DOW Auto Care | Auto Repair Near Me | Port Orange, FL | CV Joints and Drive Axle

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Constant velocity (CV) axles are a drivetrain component commonly found on many modern vehicles. They serve the purpose of transferring power from the vehicle's transmission and differential to the wheels to drive the vehicle forward. They have a greased flexible joint that allows the axle to flex according to road conditions.
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The joint is lubricated with grease and covered by a rubber boot that protects it from dirt and debris. Because the CV axles are the direct link that transfers the power of the engine to the wheels, they are subject to high levels of stress over time and will eventually wear out and require replacement for proper functionality to return. When they do wear out, the CV axles usually will produce a few symptoms that can alert the driver that they require attention.
  • Loud clicking noice

  • Grease on edge of tire

  • Excessive vibration while driving

CV axles serve as the final link between the engine and the wheels.
They serve the important function of transferring the torque from the
drivetrain to the vehicle’s wheels in order to move the vehicle.
For this reason, if you suspect one or more of your CV axle shafts
may be having a problem, drive your vehicle or get it towed to
DOW Auto Care and our certified mechanics will professionally
handle the problem for you fast and right and get you back on the
road and on your way in no time.

CV Joints and Drive Axle

A/C Repair FAQs
Q: Can I drive my car with bad CV joints?

You can drive on a damaged CV joint for a little while at least, but there's no telling how long it will last. These can not be repaired but only replaced. Essentially, this will brake the axle, leaving you with a car that won't go anywhere.

Q: What are the symptoms of a bad CV joint?

Loud clicking noises when turning. One of the most common and most noticeable symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly is an audible clicking noise when turning. When CV axles become excessively worn, the joints will become loose and click when turning. Also, you will find greae on the edge of tire and feel excessive vibration while driving.

Q: What happens if you drive with a broken axle?

Combined with the lack of lubrication from not enough grease, the joint will eventually tear itself apart. If your axles are failing, you'll still technically be able to drive your car, however, once broken completely, your car won't move, and if they brake while you're driving, it could cause a serious accident.

Q: How many CV axles are in a car?
Later model front wheel drive cars have a left and right front CV axle and have spindles in the rear that the wheels attach to. All wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles usually have 4 axles or CV axles one for left front, left rear, right front and right rear.
Q: Are CV joints covered under powertrain warranty?

The answer is simply - NO. Powertrain warranty generally does not cover items like clutches, CV joints, and CV axle joints. Although the powertrain warranties are longer then any other warranties, like the pumper-to-bumper warranties for example. This repair can be very costly and can be avoided by simply driving carefully and not running over the road bump like a maniac. Slow down at every bump and avoid using roads with heavy road work and broken tarmac.