For a car axle to break, the vehicle must have an overload of weight pulling down on the axle, metal fatigue on the axle causing wear and tear or severe damage to the axle due to off-road driving conditions. As the axle wears down, the components are unable to support the vehicle's weight, thus affecting the ability to turn the wheels.Continue Reading
To break an axle, a vehicle needs to carry or haul more weight than the axle can handle. Hauling or towing more than the recommend weight for a vehicle will cause the axle to be weighed down and ultimately crack in half, because it cannot support the extra weight within or behind the vehicle.
Neglect the proper maintenance for gears, shafts and components of an axle, and the wear and tear causes metal fatigue that leads to malfunction and ultimately, a broken axle. Rusted parts that have not been cared for are one of the primary causes of metal fatigue that leads to an axle break, especially in older vehicles.
Race through potholes, harsh off-road conditions and bumpy roads to break a vehicle's axle. The stress on the vehicle when driving through hazardous road conditions or rough terrains puts weight on the axle and inhibits the vehicle's ability to rotate or turn.
Choose the correct rear axle gear ratio by considering the towing and driving conditions in which the vehicle must perform. Regular towing requires increased power provided by higher gear ratios, while higher speed and urban driving benefits from lower or standard rear axle gear ratios.Full Answer >
A broken car axle can cause the vehicle to sputter, make a clunking noise or create excessive vibration during acceleration. If the broken axle is not repaired it eventually prevents the car from moving.Full Answer >
The rear axle of four- and rear-wheel drive vehicles can be identified by a number of visual cues, manufacturing codes, and year, make and model of the vehicle. Axle identification tools such as DiffWizard.com can help to narrow the available options by year, make and model and provide key indicators that further identify the rear axle. Major axle manufacturers such as Ford and Dana Spicer provide manufacturing codes that can be easily decoded to identify the axle.Full Answer >
A car lift allows you to raise a vehicle safely off the ground to conduct repairs on the underside of the vehicle or remove large components such as the rear axle or transmission more easily. Depending on the type of work being done, a two- or four-post lift should be used. Most commercially available two- and four-post lifts are capable of lifting any car or medium duty truck up to around 6,000 pounds of vehicle weight.Full Answer >