Last Updated on May 27, 2020
The function of constant-velocity joints, or CV joints, in a vehicle is to help transfer power to the wheels from your transmission. Power is transmitted at a consistent speed of rotation when there isn’t much friction.
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In other words, power from the engine is transferred smoothly to the wheels of the vehicle, no matter the angle of the steering wheel.
You will find CV joints in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive vehicles. As for rear-wheel drive vehicles that have separate rear suspensions, the half-shafts’ ends of the rear axle will have CV joints in them.
There is a rubber boot which protects the CV joints called a “CV gaiter”, as well as an outer and an inner joint.
Top 5 Bad CV Joint Symptoms
There are certain warning signs to look out for when it comes to CV joint failure. Below are the 5 most common symptoms of a bad CV joint:
#1 – Tire Edge Grease
When you spot grease along the edge of your tire, particular from a tear or tiny crack, it could be a sign you could have a bad CV joint. A significantly damaged CV joint means darker colored grease might be visible on the rim and wheel’s interior.
#2 – Turning Causes Loud Noises
When you turn the steering wheel and hear noises such as a clicking sound or popping sound, it’s very likely you have a broken or worn CV joint. You can test this by doing the following:
- Shift the gear into reverse
- Turn the wheel all the way to one side,
- Step on the gas pedal.
You will be going in a circle, so make sure the area around you is clear. As you move backward in a circle, the popping sounds should get louder if you have a bad CV joint. You’ll either have to replace the joint or the entire shaft assembly.
#3 – Bouncy Driving
You likely have a faulty CV joint if you’re driving on a flat paved road and your vehicle is still bouncing around. You can verify this by going to an auto shop that repairs transmissions.
#4 – Vibrations
A worn or damaged CV joint will vibrate while you’re driving. CV joints in this condition will not be able to balance properly during rotation. The more you accelerate, the more intense the vibrations will become.
When vibrations become too excessive, the vehicle will become more difficult to control and your overall riding experience will be impacted. This means the drive will become less comfortable and less safe for everyone in the car. The only solution here is to replace the CV joint.
#5 – Movement Causes Knocking Sounds
A CV joint that has become worn out from being used too much will cause a knocking sound. This noise can come from the inner joint on a front-wheel drive car.
For rear-wheel drive, it can come from either the outer or inner joints. Knocking sounds can also come from the differential gears.
To perform a self-diagnosis of the joint problem, put the vehicle in reverse and accelerate, then decelerate. Alternate back and forth between acceleration and deceleration and listen for louder knocking sounds. This is proof of a bad CV joint.
CV Joint Replacement Cost
A CV joint itself can cost between $95 and $210. Hiring a mechanic to perform a replacement will be between $165 and $800.
The price mainly depends on whether you’re replacing a double or single axle. The constant-velocity joint replacement cost of a double axle will be approximately twice as expensive as a single axle, with the parts cost for a double running between $150 and $400.
This makes the total cost of hiring a mechanic to perform the replacement between $230 and $1180.
Another factor is the make and model of your vehicle and how difficult it will be for them to perform the replacement job. Obviously, the more time they need, the higher the service cost.
Remember, this is a large service job, so your auto technician or mechanic must also conduct a general safety inspection, particularly of the boots and axles. When the tires have grease on them, there may be a leak from the CV boots.
Additionally, any big clicking sounds which occur as you turn will mean you may need to also replace the axle.
2012 Nissan Sentra CV Axle Replacement Cost
Generally speaking, the CV Axel replacement cost will be between $ 501 – $ 1686 . If you are not mechanically minded and have to get it done by a mechanic it is probably worth replacing both of the axles on the side that is damaged and replacing the entire part as this saves you having further labor charges down the line when the other axle eventually wears out.
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|Parts & labor||12 months||$ 489 – $ 1498|
|Parts & labor||12 months||$ 525 – $ 1685|
|Parts & labor||12 months||$ 517 – $ 1441|
|Parts & labor||6 Months||$ 542 – $ 1895|
|Parts||Limited||$ 299 – $ 1245|
|Parts||Limited||$ 221 – $ 1200|
What is a CV Axle?
A CV Axle (or constant velocity axle) is an important part of a front wheel drive car’s mechanics. It aids with forward momentum and suspension by allowing the drive shaft to change length when going over uneven terrain. Without this the cars drive shaft would be likely to become damaged.
It consists of four main parts, the shaft itself which is a cylinder-like tube, metal joints , and boots which are devices used to contain the fourth part, grease. The grease acts as a lubricant and is contained in the rubber boots without this grease the joint can be damaged leading to, among other things, a clanking sound when you drive.
Benefits of CV Axle Replacement
Over time, CV Axles (there are multiple Axles on a car – two on each side) can become worn. Commonly the outside boots are the first to get damaged as these receive more exposure to moisture, road debris etc.
Why should you get them replaced? The answer is very straightforward: because of the way the CV axle works, it connects the wheels to the transmission of your car, if it stops operating correctly the wheels just won’t turn and if the wheels don’t turn your 2012 Nissan Sentra won’t move.
So as you can see they are pretty important parts. Even if only one part of the axle is damaged it is advisable (generally) to replace the whole part rather than trying to fix the individual components.
When Should You Have the CV Axle Replaced?
Every time you receive a service the mechanic should examine this part to check it is not damaged. Because of the importance of the part, if it is damaged it should be usually be replaced or repaired immediately if not it could cost you more in the future.
It is common for the part to begin to show signs of wear and tear after about fifty thousand miles although this won’t always be the case and will depend on your 2012 Nissan Sentra and how you use it. A sign that your CV axle may be on its way out is a “clanging” sound coming from your wheels when you drive.
Other indications may be grease around the tires of your 2012 Nissan Sentra or your 2012 Nissan Sentra vibrating whilst you are driving.
What Is Done When An Axle Is Replaced?
You need to confirm that the axles do need replacing before they are replaced. it might be that you can just replace one of the boots saving yourself cost on parts.
- Remove the wheel to provide access to the part
- Replace the faulty axle with a new, working one. Or, if you are just replacing the boot, remove the axle and replace the boot
- Replace the wheel
- Check the tire pressure as this can be effected by the removal of the wheel
- Finally, road test to make sure that everything is working correctly
- In addition to this some garages will throw in a wheel alignment for you
How to Save Money on CV Axle Replacement
If you have pitting in the joint section you may be able to avoid a replacement by swapping the joints on the driver’s side with the opposite side. Effectively this means that the CV axle will be “spinning backwards” and the pitting won’t affect it.
This will buy you some time as you will effectively get double the use out of the part. This is not advisable if you are having a garage do it though as labor charges are potentially high.
As with most problems with cars prevention is better than a cure. Every time the wheel is taken off you should check the CV axle for damage. Sometimes if it is minor damage a change of the boot will suffice.
Another way to save money is to perform the labor yourself. It is a fairly time consuming job, which is why labor costs tend to be higher at auto shops. As it happens, the cost to replace the boot once labor is factored in is not that much cheaper than replacing the entire part. This may be a conversation that you have with your mechanic or if you are handy with cars it is a job that you may well undertake yourself saving yourself a good deal of money on labor costs.
Sample Costs for Replacing a CV Axle
We’ve compiled some costs for having the CV Axle replaced on a range of popular car models to help give you an idea of what you’ll pay for your2012 Nissan Sentra . There’s often a big difference in the cost of parts for this repair, depending if one or both axles will need to be replaced.
|Ford F-Series||$ 220 – $ 281||$ 574 – $ 926||$ 794 – $ 1207|
|Chevrolet Silverado||$ 220 – $ 281||$ 356 – $ 702||$ 576 – $ 983|
|Ford Focus||$ 220 – $ 281||$ 356 – $ 702||$ 576 – $ 983|
|Toyota Camry||$ 394 – $ 502||$ 328 – $ 1184||$ 722 – $ 1686|
|Toyota Corolla||$ 252 – $ 321||$ 328 – $ 1150||$ 580 – $ 1471|
|Nissan Altima||$ 213 – $ 271||$ 328 – $ 1234||$ 541 – $ 1505|
|Honda CR-V||$ 173 – $ 221||$ 328 – $ 1170||$ 501 – $ 1391|
|Honda Civic||$ 189 – $ 241||$ 328 – $ 1156||$ 517 – $ 1397|
|Honda Accord||$ 189 – $ 241||$ 328 – $ 1156||$ 517 – $ 1397|
|Ford Fusion||$ 220 – $ 281||$ 574 – $ 926||$ 794 – $ 1207|
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CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement Service
How much does a CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement cost?
On average, the cost for a Nissan Sentra CV Axle / Shaft Assembly Replacement is $223 with $128 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.
|1986 Nissan SentraL4-1.6L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear Replacement||Estimate$506.77||Shop/Dealer Price$605.34 - $867.30|
|1994 Nissan SentraL4-1.6L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front Replacement||Estimate$424.33||Shop/Dealer Price$509.81 - $732.47|
|2000 Nissan SentraL4-1.8L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Rear Replacement||Estimate$467.16||Shop/Dealer Price$560.61 - $802.65|
|2007 Nissan SentraL4-2.0L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Passenger Side Front Replacement||Estimate$552.86||Shop/Dealer Price$663.57 - $950.72|
|2001 Nissan SentraL4-1.8L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Front Replacement||Estimate$400.67||Shop/Dealer Price$487.12 - $723.91|
|2005 Nissan SentraL4-1.8L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Front Replacement||Estimate$400.67||Shop/Dealer Price$487.11 - $723.88|
|2011 Nissan SentraL4-2.5L||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Rear Replacement||Estimate$980.87||Shop/Dealer Price$1183.77 - $1730.19|
|1987 Nissan SentraL4-1.7L Diesel||Service typeAxle / CV Shaft Assembly - Driver Side Front Replacement||Estimate$497.55||Shop/Dealer Price$601.29 - $880.23|
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What are CV Axles and how do they work?
All front wheel drive and all wheel drive cars use CV axles. “CV” is short for constant velocity. You have your engine and transmission in the car. Which are mounted to the body of the car and cannot move up and down with the suspension. [AB2] Then you have the suspension and wheels on the car, which can go up and down to absorb bumps and on the front of the car, steer. The CV axle is a shaft that has two constant velocity joints at either end of it. One end comes out of the transmission, the other end mounts in the wheel hub. The two joints let the axle continue to spin as the suspension travels up and down and you steer the car. An fwd car will have one for both the passenger side and driver’s side. An AWD car will have the same, but additionally two in the rear of the car. Each of the CV joints is covered by a rubber accordion looking boot that holds the grease in and keeps dirt and water out. Because of mileage, environment, and just wear and tear these boots can rip. When they rip, grease escapes, dirt, and water get into the CV joint and can make it wear out. This will often cause a clicking noise from the front of the car while turning.
When to replace your CV axles.
There is no set interval for changing CV axles. They simply wear out over time and unless you have your car regularly inspected by a mechanic you may not know that they have torn boots.
- You hear a clicking sound when turning while driving from the front of the vehicle
- You notice lots of heavy black axle grease inside of your wheel or on the ground around your car.
- Vibration at highway speeds.
How mechanics replace CV axles.
The mechanic will:
- Verify the axle shaft needs to be replaced.
- Remove wheel and replace the faulty axle.
- Torque all fasteners and wheels to factory specifications.
- Top off any lost transmission fluid
- Check tire pressure.
- Perform a road test.
Is it safe to drive with a worn out CV axle?
For a very short period, yes you can. However, over time, you run the risk of having the CV break and leaving you stranded. The CV axle is the only thing that transmits power from your engine and transmission to the wheels. It’s vital to keep you on the road.
When replacing cv axles keep in mind:
- Your car has multiple axle shafts, but in most cases, only one will need to be replaced.
- Even if the CV joints or boots are the only parts of the axle to fail, it is often recommended to replace the entire axle.
- CV axles in climates that have snow and use road salt can seize to the vehicle’s wheel bearing hub. It may require extra parts or labor to replace the CV axle.
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2016 Nissan Sentra Axle Repair Cost
Your car’s axle shaft may be called the half shaft or CV axle, and it connects the wheels and the transmission. They allow the wheels to rotate, so you can imagine the problems you might have once one of your axles goes out. Maybe it’s just a crack, or maybe it’s a full-blown break, but either way, it is serious business, and it needs to be taken care of right away.
The repairs can cost you anywhere from $ 170 to $ 900 or more. It depends primarily on the kind of car you have, as the parts will range in price quite a bit. Labor costs are typically between $ 100 and $ 200, but a few cars will cost more. It just depends on how long the mechanic has to work to change out your axle.
Axle Repair Cost Comparison
|Parts & Labour||12 months||$ 465-$ 1021|
|Parts & Labour||12 months||$ 458-$ 1119|
|Parts & Labour||12 months||$ 461-$ 1042|
|Parts & Labour||24 months||$ 477-$ 1149|
|Parts||Limited||$ 299-$ 814|
|Parts||Limited||$ 285-$ 899|
What Is Axle Repair?
You will probably need the entire axle replaced, as simply patching up a crack or break is often considered too risky. There is simply too great a danger posed by a faulty axle, and your mechanic will likely suggest you replace the axle entirely.
There are lots of reasons why your axle may not be working properly, and the most common one is that grease is leaking because the boots are torn. These are grease containers that help to lubricate the axle, and once they go, you won’t be able to get far. Other issues may be caused by a broken or cracked shaft or by CV joints that are out of whack.
How severe the problem is will determine how long the axle repairs take and how much it costs. It may be a simple fix that doesn’t cost much, or it could be something that takes several hours and is very expensive. The mechanic will have to assess the axle shaft to figure that out.
Benefits of Axle Repair
Once you have the axle repaired, your tires are going to work much better. There may have been some resistance before. Your entire car will run smoother, and the drive will be more pleasant, once you get this issue fixed. You will also put less strain on the rest of the wheel assembly, protecting your tires and essentially your whole2016 Nissan Sentra . You will also be less likely to get into an accident as you will have better tire control from fixing this issue.
What Is Done during Axle Repair?
The process of repairing or replacing the axle or other components connected to it will depend on what the problem is. If it is the axle that’s at fault, that’s a fairly in-depth repair job.
Of course, the technician will begin by assessing the situation and determining what the problem is and the extent of the damage. He will be looking to see if it is just one part at fault or if some of the connecting components have been damaged or need to be replaced.
The wheels connected to the damaged axle will need to be removed. The technician will jack your 2016 Nissan Sentra up to do this. The faulty parts will then be removed and replaced with new ones. Afterwards, all fasteners and tires will need to be torqued to manufacturer specifications. Then the technician will check the tire pressure and perform a road test to ensure everything is working as it should.
When to Get Axle Repair
You will likely first notice you have an axle problem when the ride feels bumpy, or your 2016 Nissan Sentra feels sluggish. This is often the result of axles not wanting to turn and affecting the tire rotation. You may also see grease leaking out of the sides of the tires or hear grinding noises near the tires when you drive. If you drive for very long with a messed-up axle, you can end up losing a tire and getting into a wreck, so you definitely want to take care of this problem immediately. It’s a good idea just to park it as soon as you notice the problem and have your 2016 Nissan Sentra towed to a mechanic you trust.
How to Save Money on Axle Repair
If you know what you are doing, this can be a pretty simple repair, and you can save some money in the process. You may have to get a few parts and make sure you have a way to keep your 2016 Nissan Sentra propped up safely while you work, but for amateur mechanics, repairing the axle can be a decent way to save money.
For those who don’t feel confident making the repairs themselves, they can save money by comparing between the various mechanics around them. Just be sure to pick a mechanic you trust, because if this repair job is botched, it can end up poorly for you.
Don’t cut corners just to save some money on such an important repair job. It’s worth putting in the extra money to have it done right.
Sample Axle Repair Costs
|Ford F-Series||$ 156 – $ 196||$ 338 – $ 762||$ 494 – $ 958|
|Chevrolet Silverado||$ 170 – $ 206||$ 355 – $ 788||$ 525 – $ 994|
|Ford Focus||$ 156 – $ 196||$ 338 – $ 762||$ 494 – $ 958|
|Toyota Camry||$ 149 – $ 189||$ 328 – $ 752||$ 477 – $ 941|
|Toyota Corolla||$ 149 – $ 189||$ 328 – $ 752||$ 477 – $ 941|
|Nissan Altima||$ 140 – $ 180||$ 318 – $ 742||$ 458 – $ 922|
|Honda CR-V||$ 165 – $ 200||$ 343 – $ 772||$ 508 – $ 972|
|Honda Civic||$ 165 – $ 200||$ 343 – $ 772||$ 508 – $ 972|
|Honda Accord||$ 165 – $ 200||$ 343 – $ 772||$ 508 – $ 972|
|Ford Fusion||$ 156 – $ 196||$ 338 – $ 762||$ 494 – $ 958|
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Nissan Sentra Front Axle Assembly Replacement
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2008 Nissan Sentra
2.0L L4 • 153,666 miles
Los Angeles , CA 90003
$480 - $586
2010 Nissan Sentra
2.0L L4 • 135,000 miles
Burbank , CA 91504
$215 - $263
2018 Nissan Sentra
1.8L L4 • 48,000 miles
Glendale , AZ 85304
$247 - $301
2009 Nissan Sentra
• 168,000 miles
Chandler , AZ 85225
$190 - $232
2008 Nissan Sentra
2.0L L4 • 128,000 miles
Fort Worth , TX 76108
$464 - $567
1996 Nissan Sentra
1.6L L4 • 188,000 miles
Las Vegas , NV 89121
$202 - $246
2011 Nissan Sentra
2.0L L4 • 140,000 miles
Pacoima , CA 91331
$206 - $252
2008 Nissan Sentra
2.0L L4 SL • 123,231 miles
Las Vegas , NV 89144
$814 - $994
2006 Nissan Sentra
1.8L L4 Base • 208,661 miles
Chandler , AZ 85226
$233 - $285
2007 Nissan Sentra
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Norwalk , CA 90650
$537 - $657
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What is a Front Axle Assembly?
Listen up closely because a front axle assembly is an extremely critical part of your car. If you’re someone who enjoys revving your engine, waiting for the light to turn green, and then happily speeding off to your destination, you can thank your front axle for taking on much of the responsibility for getting those wheels moving. When it’s working properly, you won’t notice a thing. You’ll just get to where you’re going without any hiccups, and never know that your front axle assembly even exists. So, here’s how it works in basic terms. Your engine makes power. The front axle assembly takes that power and puts it into the wheels. The car pulls you to where you want to go - if everything is working right - in large part because that front axle assembly is helping the engine’s power turn the wheels. If you take the front axle assembly out of that simple equation, there’s no way for the power to get to the wheels. Which means your wheels won’t spin. Have you ever tried driving a car with wheels that won’t turn? Let me spoil it for you: It doesn’t work. Replacing a front axle assembly is a serious service, but there’s good news: It’s also a rare service. Axle assemblies are highly durable, and rarely need to be replaced.
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Symptoms of a failing Front Axle Assembly
If you notice abnormal vibration when you’re cruising, this can be a sign for a bad front axle assembly. You might appreciate the weird massage it gives you, but it is a warning sign, and should be treated as one. General piece of advice: If your car shakes, rattles, or vibrates, something is wrong. Unless you’re off-roading, cars aren’t supposed to do that.
Ready for your first lesson of Cars 101? Here it is: Cars shouldn’t make weird sounds. Besides the purr of your engine and whatever is blasting through your stereo. Anything else should be a giant warning sign. So, if your car makes a whining or growling noise, that could be bad gears or bearings inside the front axle assembly.
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How urgent is a Front Axle Assembly replacement?
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CV Joint Replacement Cost
The CV joint in the axle shaft works to connect the wheels of your car to the gears, and typically only fails through a lack of lubrication or through excessive wear and tear. The most common reason for CV joint failure is a lack of lubrication, which generally means there’s an issue with the boot leaking grease. In the vast majority of cases a full replacement of the axle shaft will be recommended, as it the most cost-effective and straightforward way of dealing with a faulty CV joint.
A CV joint replacement cost will generally be the same or more as having the axle shaft replaced, and this cost will depend on it being a single or a double replacement. Replacement axle shafts can be purchased for between $96 to $214 each, while the cost can be between $168 to $799 when both parts and labor are involved.
The costs for a double axle joint replacement are, as you might expect, around twice the cost of a single. Costs can range from $149 to $399 for parts, while parts and labor will range from $235 to $1178 depending on the amount of work involved.
Replacement CV Joint Cost Comparison
As mentioned, the overall cost of CV joint replacement will depend on the type of car you drive and if it’s a single or a double replacement that’s required. The parts themselves can be ordered online from most major retailers, but the work itself is best performed by a trained mechanic as it’s a key component in the functionality of your vehicle.
|Single||Parts & Labor||12 months||$190 – $327|
|Double||Parts & Labor||12 months||$352 – $620|
|Single||Parts & Labor||12 months||$214 – $424|
|Double||Parts & Labor||12 months||$390 – $799|
|Single||Parts & Labor||24 months||$168 – $614|
|Double||Parts & Labor||24 months||$235 – $1178|
|Single||Parts||6 Months||$96 – $143|
|Double||Parts||6 Months||$187 – $276|
|Single||Parts||Limited||$80 – $168|
|Double||Parts||Limited||$149 – $318|
|Single||Parts||Limited||$91 – $214|
|Double||Parts||Limited||$171 – $399|
What Is The CV Joint?
The CV joint is part of the axle shaft, alongside the shaft itself, the boots and the grease. Axle shafts are occasionally known as ‘half shafts’ or ‘CV axles’, and they work to connect the wheels of the car to the gears in the transmission. The axle shaft is connect to the transmission at one end, while the other is connected to the wheels. The transmission rotates the shafts, which in turn causes the wheels to turn and allows the car to move.
One of the most common reasons for failures with the axle shaft is grease leaking out through the torn boots. Without this grease the CV joint isn’t lubricated properly, causing dirt and other debris to enter the joint and ultimately causing it to wear out.
Rather than replacing the individual components, the majority of mechanics will advise you to replace the half shaft completely. It’s a much more straightforward repair, and it will ultimately save you money in labor costs as the turnaround time is much shorter.
The cost involved will also depend on the type of transmission and how many of the half shafts will need to be replaced. In a 4 wheel drive car there will be two at the front and two at the rear, so replacing them all can be an expensive job. Most of the time there will only be a single axle shaft which needs replaced, making it an easier and less expensive issue.
Benefits of CV Joint Repair
A faulty CV joint can cause various issues with your car, including having an influence on the amount of power available to the wheels. The most common issue with a CV joint is a lack of lubrication, so it can cause a loud clicking noise when you’re making a turn. CV joint repair, or full axle replacement, can help remove this.
Most cars should last a significant amount of time without any real issues with the axle shaft or the CV joint. The most common issue is with the outer CV joint, which is the cause of the clicking noise when making turns. In the worst case scenario the outer CV joint may crumble when you’re driving, which can leave the car unable to be driven. This can be avoided through regular maintenance and replacing the joint when required.
When Should You Have The CV Joint Repaired?
There are several tell-tale signs that there may be an issue with the CV joint or the axle in general. A faulty axle will usually make a clicking or a clunking noise as you’re driving, usually due to an issue with lubrication.
If you notice some vibration when you’re accelerating there may also be an issue. While this can also mean there may be a problem with the driveshaft, there may also be a CV joint issue depending on the layout of your car.
You may also experience some steering issues, although this is more likely to be a driveshaft issue. More commonly you’ll notice a loud clicking noise as you’re turning a corner if there’s a problem with the axle shaft.
Finally, you may notice that there’s grease on your cars wheels, particularly around the inner edge of the tires. This is indicative of a leaking boot, and will require repair urgently.
If there’s a problem with grease leaking from a damaged boot then the axle can degrade pretty quickly, particularly the CV joint. Losing power to the wheels can be a serious issue, so if you notice any of these symptoms you should look to take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.
What Is Done During An CV Joint Repair?
- If the car is showing signs of axle damage, the mechanic will usually look to replace the axle shaft rather than the individual components.
- The repair usually begins with the mechanic jacking the wheels from the ground and removing the wheel itself. If the axle is found to be faulty, the mechanic will replace the full part with a new one.
- All the fasteners will be torqued to the recommended factory specifications, and the wheels will be put back on the vehicle.
- Tire pressure will be checked to ensure there are no issues, before a road test is performed to determine the success of the repair.
- While it can seem like a fairly major repair, replacing the axle on a single wheel shouldn’t take too long to complete.
- If there’s an issue with multiple faulty CV joints or axles you could be looking at a lengthier (and more expensive) repair for your car.
How to Save Money on CV Joint Repair
The main way of saving money on CV joint repair is to simply replace the half shaft itself, rather than having fairly intricate repairs done on the joint itself. Most mechanics will recommend this as standard practice, so if they quote you for joint repair it’s worth asking about the cost of axle replacement as an alternative.
While you can perform the repairs yourself, the axle shaft is one of the key components in the car so it’s best left to a professional if you’re not entirely confident in what you’re doing. You can shop around online and in person to get the best possible quote from the garages in your local area, so taking the time to compare estimates can save you money.
Sample CV Joint Repair Costs
To give you an idea of the cost of CV joint replacement we’ve pulled together some quotes for some of the most common cars in the country. The first table shows costs for a singe axle replacement, which will be for one wheel either at the front or the rear of the vehicle.
The second shows the cost for double axle repair, which again can be for either the front or the rear of the car. For those with 4 wheel drive vehicles, expect to pay close to double to have all four axle shafts replaced – luckily this is a fairly rare occurrence, as the costs can add up quickly!
|Ford F-Series||$79 – $100||$134 – $427||$213 – $527|
|Chevrolet Silverado||$118 – $151||$178 – $351||$296 – $502|
|Ford Focus||$126 – $161||$136 – $362||$262 – $523|
|Toyota Camry||$197 – $251||$164 – $592||$361 – $843|
|Toyota Corolla||$205 – $261||$164 – $575||$369 – $836|
|Nissan Altima||$197 – $251||$164 – $617||$361 – $868|
|Honda CR-V||$87 – $110||$164 – $585||$251 – $695|
|Honda Civic||$94 – $121||$164 – $578||$258 – $699|
|Honda Accord||$94 – $121||$164 – $318||$258 – $439|
|Ford Fusion||$118 – $151||$287 – $463||$405 – $614|
|Ford F-Series||$134 – $171||$268 – $854||$402 – $1025|
|Chevrolet Silverado||$220 – $281||$356 – $702||$576 – $983|
|Ford Focus||$189 – $241||$272 – $724||$461 – $965|
|Toyota Camry||$394 – $502||$328 – $1184||$722 – $1686|
|Toyota Corolla||$252 – $321||$328 – $1150||$580 – $1471|
|Nissan Altima||$213 – $271||$328 – $1234||$541 – $1505|
|Honda CR-V||$173 – $221||$328 – $1170||$501 – $1391|
|Honda Civic||$189 – $241||$328 – $1156||$517 – $1397|
|Honda Accord||$189 – $241||$328 – $636||$517 – $877|
|Ford Fusion||$220 – $281||$574 – $926||$794 – $1207|
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