CV Joints and Axles Explained

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Dear Bob,
Could you please tell me the difference of cv joints and cv axle? Are they the same or what?
Toyia

Toyia,
A CV axle is made up of 2 cv joints and the axle can also be known as a half shaft. Now, some people opt to simply replace the worn joint and not the whole shaft, approximately 30% less in cost, but the labor involved in removing the shaft for repair is the same as removing the shaft for complete replacement. Now, my contention is that both joints work the same amount, so if one wore out, the other one has about the same mileage and will soon wear out as well. For all that work, might as well start with good components.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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