Unfortunately, drive axles don’t last forever.

But you already know this.

If you didn’t you wouldn’t be reading this post.

You’re concerned about your drive axle, but not sure if it’s bad enough to be fixed or replaced. Don’t worry, we’re here to help.

In this post, you’ll find the three key symptoms of a drive axle that needs professional attention.

Here’s what you need to know:

Noise Needs Replacement

Clicking noises are a sure-fire sign that your axle needs to be replaced. Listen carefully—especially when turning corners.

Vibrations Are Never Good

Vibrations—again, especially when turning corners—need to be dealt with immediately. Often times, vibrations indicate a problem with the CV joint—something that’s cheap and easy to fix.

But, vibrations can also be a symptom of a much larger problem. It’s best to seek the advice of a mechanic.

Movement Means Replace—ASAP

Movement is a hard to detect. You’ll have to jack your vehicle up and then move the drive axle up and down. If excess movement (over a ½ inch) is seen, it’s time to replace.


If you hear clicking noises, feel vibrations, or see any movement in your drive axle, it’s best to bring your vehicle to a mechanic. Please don’t hesitate to contact Colorado Axle N Gear, we’d love to be the company that provides you with a solution to your axle problem.