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Everything You Should Know About Axle Inspections

Nov. 08, 2022

Axles are an important part of the wheel system, and to ensure proper vehicle maintenance, we've covered the important things to know about checking your axles.




Why should I check my axles?


Regular axle inspections are an important part of vehicle maintenance. If you have to replace any of your axles, the cost of axle repair can increase dramatically. Therefore, catching faults early can help you avoid costly repairs in the future.


 When do I need an axle inspection?


1. When your axle is in disrepair. Like any part of a vehicle, an axle can fall into disrepair over time. Over time, wear and tear can weaken them and may result in the need for an axle replacement.
2. If you put your car in gear and hear a sudden clanking sound, there is an axle problem.
3. If you experience vibrations throughout your car, whether while driving, braking, or turning, this could indicate an axle problem.
4. If your car sounds like it runs well, but it doesn't move at all, the culprit is most likely the axle.



What to look for when checking?


Most auto mechanics will check your axle when you get in your car, but you can also do it yourself. You will need to get underneath your vehicle. If your car is low, you may need to lift it off the ground with a car jack or vehicle ramp.


Visual Inspection


The easiest part of the inspection is to take a close look at the boots, which are responsible for keeping the joints lubricated and keeping dirt and water out. The boot has ribs in it that allow it to bend and move with the vehicle. Check for holes, cracks, or grease leaks. Next, you should check the axle for any scratches, dents, or dings, and for signs that anything is rubbing on it.


Driving Inspection


If you notice that when your axle is in disrepair, it may show signs that
Your car vibrates when you operate it.
Your car makes a loud "clicking" sound when you put it in gear.
Your car is running, but it will not move forward or backward.
Your car will make a clicking or popping sound when you turn it.

For your safety and the health of your vehicle, a broken axle is a serious problem that should not be ignored. It is critical to fix a damaged axle as soon as possible by taking your car to a reputable mechanic.
When you need a new axle, you can always contact us for a free quote.


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