4 Signs You Have A Bad CV Axle

The CV axles on your front-wheel drive vehicle are vital in delivering engine power to the wheels. Unlike rear axles, the CV axles are spun by the engine, and the axles are connected directly to the wheels to allow them to deliver power and turn your wheels to steer. Like most suspension and steering components, your CV axle is a wear item, meaning you will likely have to replace them as your car ages. Today, we will look at 5 signs you can look for that will indicate that your CV axles need to be replaced.





Clicking/Ticking Sounds

A loud clicking or ticking sound when turning your vehicle is one of the most common symptoms of a bad CV axle. This sound comes from metal-on-metal contact of the joint, most likely from grease loss or worn components. This is a tale-tale sign that you must replace your CV axles soon as possible. This can also come from a variety of other suspension components, so if you are experiencing unusual clicking noises in your suspension, have your car looked at by a suspension professional as soon as possible.

Grease On The Inside Of Your Wheel

One of the more visual symptoms of a bad CV axle is grease on the inside of your wheel. If the boot on your CV axle has torn, the grease inside the joint can be thrown out of the boot and onto the inside of your wheel. If you are experiencing any other symptoms, a quick look at the inside of your wheels can help verify if your CV axle is torn. This is also an easy habit when washing your car and looking for potential issues.

Vibrations That Worsen With Increased Speed

Another classic sign of a bad CV axle is a vibration in the steering wheel with increasing speed. As a CV joint wears out, so do its comfort characteristics. The joint becomes less lubricated, causing more metal-on-metal contact without grease. This translates to a vibration that gets worse as your speed increases.

Knocking Sounds

Like the clicking sound, a loud knocking or clunking sound when accelerating or going into reverse can also signify a bad CV axle. While this may not always be a bad CV axle, it is an area that you will want to inspect before it gets worse. This sound comes from the joint wearing out or not having enough grease inside the joint to provide proper lubrication.

High-Quality CV Axles From GSP North America

GSP offers some of the highest quality CV axles in the industry. GSP offers both standard CV axles and heavy-duty CV axles. 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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