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What Are CV Axles?



As your vehicle becomes older and you start adding some mileage to your car, there are going to be components that wear out. Your suspension system is full of commonly worn items and once your vehicle starts to near 100,000 miles, you will most likely need to replace a few components. One common component that wears over time in front-wheel drive vehicles is the CV axle. Today, we will discuss what a CV axle is, how to identify a failing CV axle, and what it costs to replace a CV axle.


What Is A CV Axle?

A CV axle, or constant velocity axle, is an axle used in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive applications that allows your transmission to drive the front wheels while still allowing your vehicle to turn smoothly. To allow for a wide range of motion and angles, the CV axle is equipped with bearings for both power and turning abilities. CV axles look somewhat similar to straight axles, but you will have a CV joint on each end of the CV axle. Each vehicle will be equipped with 2 CV axles, one for each front wheel.

5 Symptoms Of A Failing CV Axle

The CV joint on your axle is housed inside of a rubber boot that helps to protect the joints from contaminants. This boot also holds in the grease which allows for the joint to operate smoothly. Once this rubber boot cracks or becomes damaged, grease can leak out and dirt can get inside the boot, causing the joint to wear out and fail. This can lead to the following symptoms:

  • Clicking/Ticking Sounds

  • Grease On The Inside Of Your Wheel

  • Popping When Turning

  • Vibrations That Worsen With Increase Speed

  • Jolting While Driving


If you notice any of the above symptoms, you should take your vehicle to a certified mechanic. Since these symptoms can be caused by other suspension issues, it is a good idea to have a mechanic narrow it down to your CV axles before you repair them.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A CV Axle?

The cost of replacing a CV axle can vary depending on the vehicle and how hard it is to replace it. You can expect a CV axle replacement to cost anywhere between a few hundred dollars up to over $1,000 in more rare cases. For those who are mechanically inclined and can replace a CV axle, GSP offers high-quality replacement CV axles to get the job done. If you are unfamiliar with this process, we highly suggest having a trusted professional to get this job done.

High-Quality CV Axles From GSP Latin America

GSP offers some of the highest quality CV axles for the aftermarket automotive industry. GSP offers both standard CV axles and heavy-duty CV axles for extreme environments. Heat Treated - All GSP Axle components are heat treated to the highest standards to provide premium strength, increased tensile, and extended service life.


Quality Control - All CV Shafts undergo an extensive quality control process to ensure a long and trouble-free performance.


Precision Fitment - Machined splines for precise OEM fitment.


Premium Materials - GSP sources only premium raw materials to manufacture their products.


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