Billings Tire & Service Center

How Can We Help? Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the signs that my vehicle's CV joints or axles may need repair or replacement?
    • Common signs of potential CV joint or axle issues include clicking or popping sounds when turning, especially during sharp turns.
    • Vibrations or shuddering sensations felt while accelerating, which could indicate a problem with the CV joints or axles.
    • Cracked or torn CV joint boots, as damaged boots can lead to dirt and debris entering the joint and causing damage.
    • Uneven tire wear, as problems with axles or CV joints can affect wheel alignment and tire balance.
  • How long can I drive with a damaged CV joint or axle before it becomes unsafe?

    It’s not advisable to drive with damaged CV joints or axles for an extended period. Continuing to drive with these issues can lead to further damage and potentially unsafe driving conditions. Once you notice signs of damage or unusual symptoms, it’s best to have your vehicle inspected and repaired as soon as possible to prevent more significant problems and maintain safety.

  • Are there differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive vehicles when it comes to CV joint and axle repair?

    Yes, there are differences in the design and repair process between front-wheel drive (FWD) and rear-wheel drive (RWD) vehicles. In FWD vehicles, the CV joints are typically located in the front axles, and repairs may involve the replacement of the entire axle shaft assembly. In RWD vehicles, the CV joints are usually found in the rear axles. Repairs can vary based on the specific vehicle make and model, so it’s important to consult with a qualified mechanic or technician who is familiar with your vehicle’s drivetrain.

  • Is CV joint and axle repair covered by my vehicle's warranty?

    Whether or not CV joint and axle repair is covered by your vehicle’s warranty depends on the warranty terms and the cause of the damage. Typically, if the damage is due to normal wear and tear, it may not be covered by the warranty. However, if the damage is the result of a manufacturing defect or a covered component, it may be eligible for warranty coverage. It’s essential to review your vehicle’s warranty documentation and consult with your dealership or manufacturer to determine if the repair is covered.