Your axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to your wheels. They’re strong parts that last a long time, but they can run into trouble. Of course, axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced, and sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely. Lubricant leaks out and water and dirt can get in and contaminate the gears. When this happens, you might hear strange noises coming from your axle.
If you have a rear wheel drive vehicle, the sound would be at the back. If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, the sound would be up front. Of course, with an all wheel drive vehicle, the sound could come from either the front or the back. It might be a groaning sound or a clunking noise when you’re turning. Your service technician here in Temple at Elite Auto Repair can inspect for leaking seals. There’s a rubber boot that protects the constant velocity, or CV joints, on some axles. If the rubber is torn, the axle can become contaminated. An inspection can reveal if the boot is getting near failure. The axle shaft will be removed and inspected. If it’s damaged, the shaft will have to be replaced. If the shaft is in good shape, it’ll be cleaned, lubed and reinstalled. And damaged CV boots are replaced as well. It’s important to take care of this work as soon as you become aware of the problem. Waiting only makes the damage worse and more expensive to repair later. If the axle fails completely, it could lock up and this could severely damage other things, like your transmission, which is very expensive. It could also contribute to an accident, which nobody wants. Taking care of your axles when they need it, saves money in the long run and helps keep you safely on the road.
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Like many reputable auto repair shops, Elite Auto Repair features ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certified auto repair technicians. Perhaps you’ve wondered just what that means exactly, and what the value of it is to you, the consumer. Since 1972, the ASE Blue Seal has been the most valued professional credential for the automotive repair and service industry.
All new cars and light trucks, since 2008, have come equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The TPMS system detects when a tire becomes under-inflated and lights up a warning light on the dash. So what’s the big deal? Well, under-inflated tires can be a real safety concern. First of all, they don’t handle properly, and that can lead to an accident. And second, under-inflated tires can overheat and cause the tire to come apart, which can also lead to an accident.