What happens if your rear wheel drive axle is bent?
A badly bent axle will quickly cause damage to CV joints, and it’s possible to damage your wheel hubs, bearings and other components. It can also damage the mounting flange where it attaches to the differential (in a rear-wheel drive vehicle), and possibly cause internal damage to the differential gearing.
What’s the best way to straighten a bent axle?
Lay a hardwood block on the cut and use a heavy shop hammer to drive the cut closed. This takes several sharp blows to accomplish. Continually use the level to ensure that the axle is straight. Tack-weld the closed cut in several places with a wire-feed welder. (The axle will not shrink, recreating a bend.) Allow the tack welds to cool.
When does an axle need to be replaced?
Severe bending: If the bend is severe (more than a quarter-inch or so), then you need to have your axle replaced immediately. A badly bent axle will quickly cause damage to CV joints, and it’s possible to damage your wheel hubs, bearings and other components. It can also damage the mounting flange where it attaches to the differential…
What are the signs of a bent axle?
Bent axle or damaged wheel: Often, the only sign of a bent axle is a wobble in one wheel. If you sustained the damage during an accident or by hitting road debris, and it caused damage to the wheel, it’s possible that your wobble is from either a damaged wheel or a bent axle (or both).
How do you replace a CV axle in a car?
You can remove the band from the inner boot to help the old axle pass through. Insert the new CV axle into the transmission housing. Just as you removed the old CV axle, insert the new one into the same spot in the transmission housing. The peg will slide all the way in until the axle is flush against the housing.
What kind of axle do you need for a Honda Fit?
Here we replace the front right axle, or driveshaft, in a 2008 Honda Fit. We use a Cardone axle driveshaft from Rock Auto. Due to factors beyond the control of LV Equipment LLC, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information.
What’s the best way to change an axle?
By this time, you can put the wheel back on the vehicle (again, the same as you would when changing a tire). After the wheel is on, you can lower the car off the jack and jack stands. Tighten the axle nut. Finally, you can retighten the axle nut once the vehicle is back on the ground.
When does a cv shaft need to be replaced?
Excessive vibration from failing CV shafts can interfere with handling and ride characteristics, and the overall safety and comfort of the vehicle. Usually the CV axle will need to be replaced if it is damaged enough to cause vibrations. CV axles serve as the final link between the engine and the wheels.