The average to repair a front axle is $550 dollars. Rear axle repair costs run a little higher and average about $799 dollars. Your axle repair cost will depend on the type of vehicle, make and model of vehicle you drive.
Bent or Broken Axle Repair Costs
In most cases when you get a bent axle the only way to repair it, is to replace it. These costs include both the parts and labor but do not include fees and taxes associated with the state or county you live in. The cost to repair the front axle differs from the rear axle. Read about the cost to repair each below.
Front Axle Repair Costs
The cost to repair an axle runs between about $500 and $600 dollars before taxes and fees. Costs vary depending the type of vehicle, brand, make, and model. Labor costs vary from between about $50 dollars and $140 depending on how long the job takes for a model of vehicle.
Rear Axle Repair Costs
The cost of parts to repair an axle make up the majority of the cost and run from about $430 to $480 dollars. Labor on a rear axle repair is usually around $50 to $70.
Can A Bent Axle Be Repaired?
In most cases a bent axle cannot be repaired and must be replaced. A bad axle will lead to other damage to your vehicle down the line. So it’s critical that the axle be in great condition to avoid other costly repairs.
Bent Axle Symptoms
Cars with good axles run silent and smooth. Where as a vehicle with a bent or broken axle will be unstable, noisy, leak, and cause vibration in the vehicle and steering wheel. Each of these symptoms is a reason to get your vehicle checked out.
If your axle shaft is bent it will ruin the alignment of your vehicle. When this happens your vehicle will pull to one side and/or wobble. It can be hard to spot bad wheel alignment while you are driving. To check for this it helps to have a friend drive behind you and look for wobble in your wheels or way your car is moving.
Noisy While Driving
Hearing noises such as clunking or clicking while driving are symptoms that you might have problems with your axles. This is due to friction with other parts in the vehicle and should be paid attention to and checked out by a professional.
If you find signs of grease leaking around your tires it’s a sign that a CV joint may have failed. The CV joints are at the ends near the wheels and if they crack they will leak grease down around the wheels. This is a clear sign that service and repair is needed on your vehicle.
Vibration During Driving
If you feel vibration in the vehicle or especially the steering wheel it’s a good sign you’ve got a bent axle, wheel, or your alignment is off. Vibration might seem like a minor inconvenience but can lead to additional damage and more costly repair of your vehicle. If you’ve been in an accident or hit a deep pothole and now your vehicle is vibrating while you drive, get it in for service.
Is It Safe To Drive With A Bent Axle?
The axles in your vehicle, both front and rear, are absolutely essentially to the proper functioning of your vehicle. They, along with the transmission, take the power from the engine and transfer it to the wheels. They are built to last but can be bent or broken if you run over a curb, hit a pothole at high speeds, or are involved in an auto collision. Whether you can drive with a bent axle depends on the following.
Severely Bent Axles
You cannot drive on an axle that’s bent more than a quarter inch. It will need to be towed and have the axle replaced before you can safely drive on it. Axles that are bent badly will quickly damage CV joints and can cause damage to bearings, wheel hubs, and other powertrain components.
Slightly Bent Axles
If the axle is only bent slightly you can drive on it for a short time. You will experience rough turning and vibration while driving. If left too long it will damage hubs, bearings, and CV joints. If you’re feeling a lot of vibration after an accident it’s important to get your vehicle into a collision repair center.
Schedule Axle Repair Service
If you’ve been involved in an collision and now your vehicle needs repairs, Impact Auto Body will make the repair process quick, affordable, and easy. Call to receive a free collision repair or axle repair estimate by giving us a call.