How Much Does Axle Replacement Cost?
If you own a car, you may need to have the axle replaced from time to time. An axle is a rod or spindle that passes through a wheel or group of wheels. Since a car has four wheels, there is one axle connecting the front tires and another one connecting the back. These axles are vital to getting your wheels in full gear and keeping them in good condition. An axle can either be fixed to the wheels, in which case it would rotate as the wheels do, or fixed to the surroundings, in which case the wheels rotate around the axle. No matter what type of axles your vehicles has, they will need to remain in good condition in order for your car to perform the way it is supposed to. If the axles get really bad, the car could even be dangerous to drive.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of replacing an axle may differ from place to place. Other factors that may affect the price aside from the location or state include the following: the store or seller, labor, the replacement and installation of the axle, its specifications, etc. On average, to have a professional replace a broken axle, plan on budgeting at least $150 to $500. Per side, plan on spending at least $100-$300. Without the professional labor, most axle parts are going to run anywhere from $50 to as much as $120, depending on the make and model of the vehicle.
- Axle replacement costs around $500 to $1,000. Labor is around $125 per hour for the mechanic. This is according to Techimo.com.
- A few users on the website ToyotaNation.com claimed that they paid around $109-$250 per axle.
What is going to be included?
- An axle is basically a central shaft of a rotating wheel or gear. It may be fixed to the wheels, rotating with them, or it may also be fixed to its surroundings, with the wheels rotating around the axle.
- If the axle is fixed on the wheels, then the repair will include the bearings or bushings at the mounting points where the axle is supported. If it is fixed to its surrounding a bearing or bushing sits inside the hole in the wheel to allow it to rotate around the axle.
- If done at a reputable garage, a limited warranty may be included that lasts up to 20,000 miles.
- Shipping or delivery costs for purchasing an axle and other spare parts online or from other areas may also be included in the total cost for axle replacement.
What are the extra costs?
- If a mechanic is required, plan on spending at least $75 per hour.
- Other repairs that may be necessary, such as replacing wheel bearings, etc, the prices can greatly vary depending on what job needs to be done.
- When you buy an axle or spare parts from other stores, particularly those from other states or regions or those online, you might be charged extra costs to cover handling, packaging, shipping, or delivery costs. Ask the store or seller regarding this beforehand.
- Depending on the type of car you drive, such as a high performance vehicle, the parts may be much more expensive than the average car.
Tips to know
- If you know that the axle is the problem and it does need replacing, call up a few shops in your area to see what they charge. Most shops are going to be more than happy to offer a quote over the phone.
- The longer you wait to get the axles checked, the more damage can occur. The greater the extent of the damage, the higher the costs are going to be.
- There are a few signs that you may experience when driving that can point to a bad axle:
- Vibrations and shudders. As weak spots begin to form, the axle may lock up from time to time. This will cause you to feel vibrations or shudders when turning, accelerating, or decelerating. These vibrations will usually be felt in the steering wheel.
- Humming and Groaning. The axles of a vehicle need to stay lubricated because of the heat that is built up inside the engine. If there is a leak in the fluid, damage can be done to the gears and wheel bearings. This will result in humming when accelerating since this generates more heat.
- Other noises. If the axles are going bad, you may also hear noises such as pops and clicks that get worse and worse as the axle becomes more damaged.
How can I save money?
- Be sure to talk with the independent shops first, before heading to a dealer. Countless studies have shown that most dealerships charge 30% more.
- If you do not mind purchasing a used or reconditioned axle part, this can save you more than 50%. This is ideal route for those who want to have their axle replaced on older cars.
- It is possible to replace a vehicle’s axles yourself. There are many videos and tutorials online that can walk you through the process.
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