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What is a Front Axle Assembly?
Listen up closely because a front axle assembly is an extremely critical part of your car.
If you’re someone who enjoys revving your engine, waiting for the light to turn green, and then happily speeding off to your destination, you can thank your front axle for taking on much of the responsibility for getting those wheels moving. When it’s working properly, you won’t notice a thing. You’ll just get to where you’re going without any hiccups, and never know that your front axle assembly even exists.
So, here’s how it works in basic terms. Your engine makes power. The front axle assembly takes that power and puts it into the wheels. The car pulls you to where you want to go - if everything is working right - in large part because that front axle assembly is helping the engine’s power turn the wheels. If you take the front axle assembly out of that simple equation, there’s no way for the power to get to the wheels. Which means your wheels won’t spin. Have you ever tried driving a car with wheels that won’t turn? Let me spoil it for you: It doesn’t work.
Replacing a front axle assembly is a serious service, but there’s good news: It’s also a rare service. Axle assemblies are highly durable, and rarely need to be replaced.
Symptoms of a failing Front Axle Assembly
If you notice abnormal vibration when you’re cruising, this can be a sign for a bad front axle assembly. You might appreciate the weird massage it gives you, but it is a warning sign, and should be treated as one.
General piece of advice: If your car shakes, rattles, or vibrates, something is wrong. Unless you’re off-roading, cars aren’t supposed to do that.
Ready for your first lesson of Cars 101? Here it is: Cars shouldn’t make weird sounds. Besides the purr of your engine and whatever is blasting through your stereo. Anything else should be a giant warning sign.
So, if your car makes a whining or growling noise, that could be bad gears or bearings inside the front axle assembly.
Ready for your second lesson? Leaks are a bad sign. There are a lot of things in your car that can cause leaks including a faulty front axle assembly.
How urgent is a Front Axle Assembly replacement?
I told you how important the front axle assembly is for moving your car. If it’s not fully broken, the car might still go. But is it really worth it? If you’d rather not be stranded somewhere due to a broken front axle assembly, then get that thing replaced as soon as it becomes an issue.