How Much Does it Cost to Replace a CV Axle on My Car?

The CV (constant velocity) axles are the final component of your vehicle’s drivetrain before the wheels. They transfer power from the differential, propelling your vehicle forward. CV axles can transfer power at sharp angles while turning and going over bumps. They are also exposed to harsh conditions, extreme temperatures, road salts, and debris. Over time, CV axles and joints will wear out and need to be replaced. When you factor in parts and labor, how much will it cost to replace a CV joint on your car? Read on to find out.

End of CV axle

Why Do CV Axles Fail?

As we said before, CV axles can operate at extreme angles and are exposed to harsh conditions nearly constantly. Typically, the cause of failure is not the axle itself, but the CV joints on either end.  

The CV joints are protected by a ribbed rubber boot, which keeps the lubricant for the joint contained. The rubber boots can become torn, deteriorate, or dry rot over time. When this happens, the grease in the joint can leak out or become contaminated with dirt or debris. Under these conditions, the joint will not be lubricated properly. Eventually, the joint, and axle, will need to be repaired or replaced.

Signs of a Bad CV

As your CV joints start to fail, you will notice some changes while you drive, including:

You may hear a clicking or popping noise while you turn, feel vibrations or wobbling while you drive, or see visible cracks and seeping grease around the rubber boots.

  • Popping noises when turning
  • Vibrations or wobbling when driving
  • Visible cracks or grease seepage around rubber boots
  • Knocking sound
  • “Bouncy” suspension feel

Are CV Axles Expensive?

Like pretty much any component, the cost of a CV axle is highly dependent on the vehicle. On economy cars, the axles can cost between $100 and $150 each. Higher-end vehicles and heavy-duty applications can cost anywhere from $300 to over $1500 for each axle. Talking to your service advisor is the best way to figure out what you should expect to pay when replacing your axles.

Rebuilding CV Axles

Due to the high price of some CV axle assemblies, rebuilding a failed axle can be a cost-effective option. As long as the joints are not damaged too badly, the boot and lubricant can be replaced, and the axle can be reinstalled.

Labor Cost

All automotive services have two main costs, parts, and labor. Labor cost is what you pay a shop, which in turn pays its technicians, to perform the service or repair.

Labor rates vary from shop to shop but normally it will take 1.5-3 hours to replace a CV axle depending on the make and model of the vehicle. The total labor cost will depend on how many axles you are getting replaced. If you have an all-wheel-drive car and are replacing all four axles, the labor time can be 12 hours or more.

Total Cost of CV Axle Replacement

Replacing a single axle, parts, and labor together can cost between $300 and over $1500, depending on the car. This rate can be multiplied by the number of axles you need to replace. With such a wide range of costs, it’s best to talk with your service advisor to get a better idea of what you should expect to pay for your vehicle.

Do CV Axles Need to Be Replaced in Pairs?

No, you can replace just one axle if that is all you need. Some services like tire replacements can require you to install in pairs, but this is not the case for CV axles.

CV Axle Replacement at Becker Service Center

If your CV axles are damaged and need to be replaced, schedule an appointment at Becker Service Center! Our conveniently located Naperville repair shop is staffed with ASE-Certified technicians with the skills and experience to replace your axles and get you back on the road, fast. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!