As with any other piece of automotive equipment, CV axles will wear and eventually fail. There are a few factors that can have a large impact on the lifespan of a CV axle; exterior temperature, weather conditions, driving surfaces, and the amount of turning a vehicle does. Made up of metal pieces that are coupled in a housing, supplied with grease, and covered with a rubber boot to keep the grease in and parts lubricated, you can guess that the weak part of this combination is the rubber boot.
Over time, heat, water, and motion will begin to wear the boot until it produces a tear. Rubber is certainly better suited for the job than many other materials because of its chemical resistance and ability to be stretched this way and that numerous times before failing. Damage to the boot occurs when it becomes heated, drying it out, and the same happens when it is exposed to water.
Now add sharp turns to this mixture and you have the perfect conditions for a dried out and worn boot to crack, allowing the grease protecting the components in motion to leave the area and encourage metal to metal contact. That is when you’ll start to hear the notorious “click clack click” sound of a failing CV axle when you turn left or right. When you hear this sound, it is time to give us a call.
We can rebuild your CV axle instead of replacing it, saving you money over a new one and giving you a quality product in return.