A car with a broken axle will exhibit one or more behaviors, including making a sputtering or clunking noise when its gears are shifted or rumbling and vibrating when the car is accelerated or turning. Note that these are also the symptoms of a car whose axle is merely worn down, and so can be used as warning signs that it is time to replace the axle.Continue Reading
The car's axle health can only properly be determined by a certified mechanic, and the car should be taken to one immediately if it exhibits one or more of the above symptoms. This is because a car with a broken axle cannot safely be driven. After it has broken at the universal joint, the car will only be capable of revving up but otherwise incapable of movement.
The axle can be damaged or broken by being overloaded or by having a bad carrier bearing or by the car encountering a bad bump in the road. A damaged or broken axle may also lead to further damage to the car or injury to the driver and passengers. As with most car issues, the damaged or broken axle should be only be examined by a certified mechanic in order to ensure that no further damage is caused to the car in the course of fixing it.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
Repairing a worn axle involves disassembly, cleaning, relubrication and installation of a new CV boot, but mechanics recommend replacing worn axles with new or remanufactured axles for modern vehicles. For a classic or rare vehicle, repairing a worn axle may be the only option.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 can begin to shake because of engine problems, axle problems or brake trouble. The shaking of a car can also be caused by wobbly wheels or tire problems.Full Answer >
The neutral gear disengages all gears in the transmission and disconnects the transmission from the wheels, allowing the wheels to roll without using the power of the engine. It also closes the neutral safety switch and completes the circuit in the starter relay to allow the car to start.Full Answer >