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There are several different signs of a broken car axle. Here are the most common and obvious signs:

  • A slight wobbling in your car’s axle/shaft while driving is the most obvious and probably the first major clue of a problem.
  • Misalignment with brake pads.
  • Various kinds of visible leakage.
  • Car struts may not function properly.

Shaft/axle wobble and vibration - When your vehicle has a bent or broken axle shaft, one of the clearest ways you'll notice is how at lower speeds the car might seem to wobble. At higher speeds (over 20 mph), the wobble may turn into what feels more like a general vibration. As the bend gets worse, the vibration will become more and more apparent, until it may seem to shake the whole vehicle.

Visible Misalignment - Though the shaft's wobbling might not always be obvious at the start, a bent axle will also often cause a visible deflection in the mounting of the tires. Though you may not feel a difference in how the vehicle handles, other drivers or people outside the vehicle may notice the wobble visibly. Again, as the problem gets worse, the wobbling will become more noticeable.

Brakes - As the bent axle makes the wheel wobble, the brakes will start to malfunction as the brake pads become misaligned with the wheels. The self-adjuster will cease to function correctly, and so the pads may begin to drag. This only gets worse the longer you wait to have the car repaired.

Leakage - If your vehicle is a four-wheel drive, you may find that it no longer operates correctly. A faulty axle shaft can cause the outer brake seal to leak, causing the brake drum to end up coated in oil from the gears and dust from the brakes.

A broken axle is nothing to play around with. It will make your vehicle difficult to steer and to brake. Don’t put you or your passengers in danger but have your car checked as soon as you notice any of the signs above.

Need to know the signs of a broken car axle? Contact our ASE Certified technicians today at Elk River Tire & Auto for more information about car struts, shocks, and axles, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop in Elk River, MN proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.

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Do you know the signs of a broken car axle? Schedule regular inspections of your car struts to help keep your car axles in good shape.
09
Jan
2019

There are several different signs of a broken car axle. Here are the most common and obvious signs:

  • A slight wobbling in your car’s axle/shaft while driving is the most obvious and probably the first major clue of a problem.
  • Misalignment with brake pads.
  • Various kinds of visible leakage.
  • Car struts may not function properly.

Shaft/axle wobble and vibration - When your vehicle has a bent or broken axle shaft, one of the clearest ways you'll notice is how at lower speeds the car might seem to wobble. At higher speeds (over 20 mph), the wobble may turn into what feels more like a general vibration. As the bend gets worse, the vibration will become more and more apparent, until it may seem to shake the whole vehicle.

Visible Misalignment - Though the shaft's wobbling might not always be obvious at the start, a bent axle will also often cause a visible deflection in the mounting of the tires. Though you may not feel a difference in how the vehicle handles, other drivers or people outside the vehicle may notice the wobble visibly. Again, as the problem gets worse, the wobbling will become more noticeable.

Brakes - As the bent axle makes the wheel wobble, the brakes will start to malfunction as the brake pads become misaligned with the wheels. The self-adjuster will cease to function correctly, and so the pads may begin to drag. This only gets worse the longer you wait to have the car repaired.

Leakage - If your vehicle is a four-wheel drive, you may find that it no longer operates correctly. A faulty axle shaft can cause the outer brake seal to leak, causing the brake drum to end up coated in oil from the gears and dust from the brakes.

A broken axle is nothing to play around with. It will make your vehicle difficult to steer and to brake. Don’t put you or your passengers in danger but have your car checked as soon as you notice any of the signs above.

Need to know the signs of a broken car axle? Contact our ASE Certified technicians today at Elk River Tire & Auto for more information about car struts, shocks, and axles, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop in Elk River, MN proudly serves residents in the areas of Zimmerman, and Otsego, Minnesota.

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