A car with a broken axle will exhibit one or more behaviors, including making a sputtering or clunking noise when its gears are shifted or rumbling and vibrating when the car is accelerated or turning. Note that these are also the symptoms of a car whose axle is merely worn down, and so can be used as warning signs that it is time to replace the axle.
The car's axle health can only properly be determined by a certified mechanic, and the car should be taken to one immediately if it exhibits one or more of the above symptoms. This is because a car with a broken axle cannot safely be driven. After it has broken at the universal joint, the car will only be capable of revving up but otherwise incapable of movement.
The axle can be damaged or broken by being overloaded or by having a bad carrier bearing or by the car encountering a bad bump in the road. A damaged or broken axle may also lead to further damage to the car or injury to the driver and passengers. As with most car issues, the damaged or broken axle should be only be examined by a certified mechanic in order to ensure that no further damage is caused to the car in the course of fixing it.Learn More
A broken car axle can cause the vehicle to sputter, make a clunking noise or create excessive vibration during acceleration. If the broken axle is not repaired it eventually prevents the car from moving.Full Answer >
Cars make a squealing noise because of worn-out fan belts, low or uneven tire pressure, worn-out brake pads, cracked hoses or low power steering fluid. Most of these noises are indicators of poor maintenance. The services of professional car repair shops are required to stop the squealing noises.Full Answer >
A grating noise when accelerating a car is often a sign of bad brakes. The disk brake pads rest against the rotors at all times. When the material on the pad wears through, the metal plate that backs the pad rests against the rotor and makes the noise.Full Answer >
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