Mercedes E63 AMG CV Axle Assembly Repair in Beaverton, Oregon
The CV axle assembly sounds like something I could handle. Is this a smart idea or am I thinking of doing something I shouldn’t be attempting?
The answer to that question really depends on you. If you know suspension systems well and have access to information specific to your E63 then you might be able to do this repair by yourself. Otherwise, you should avoid doing this repair because there is a lot that could go wrong. You could, potentially, cause significant damage to your steering, suspension, and/or transmission. What is even worse is that even if you do buy a new CV axle then you might do damage to that piece as well.
Before we get any farther… What is a CV axle assembly anyway? I have no idea what this piece is…
It is a drivetrain component. The job of the CV axle assembly is to take power from the transmission and transfer it to the wheel. You can find it in many different applications of vehicles including all-wheel-drive systems, rear wheel drive vehicles with independent suspension systems, and even front wheel drive vehicles.
If CV axles can go out then what is the time frame where this happens? When can I expect this problem to come my way?
The honest truth is that CV axles are made to last the entire time a vehicle is in service. If they do make that thought is another case altogether. Another honest statement about this is that a CV axle is not a totally uncommon thing to damage. Tears and cracks cause problems and they can wear out the joint. In fact, it is fair to say that a crack or tear will, eventually, wear out the joint. Unfortunately, all this information means that there is no hard and fast rule about when you should start looking at your CV axle. You are probably best looking out for the telltale clunk sounds or clicking sounds you might hear when driving.
I’ve heard that actually getting to the CV axle can be a problem. Why is that?
There is a lot of disassembling that needs to happen before the axle can be replaced. It has to be totally removed from the vehicle and then disassembled at that point. It is a very labor intensive job that can be difficult for anyone except for those with experience.
You mentioned noises before but I want to know what else I should be looking out for or other clues that show me that I might be having this problem. What should I be looking out for and what should I be listening for?
You may notice noises that sound like clicking when you try to accelerate while turning a corner. You might also notice a strange sound that sounds like a clunk when you try to decelerate. You can look for play in the bearings. The amount you looking for is often described as excessive. Highway speeds might bring you what might be best described as a vibration. Looking at the axle might also reveal that you have grease coming out of your axle caused by the aforementioned tears or cracks.
I should I try driving in my E63 AMG if I think that I do have a CV axle problem?
The vehicle is still technically drivable, however, the longer the problem exists the more that the CV joint will become unusable. If you allow the CV joint to break down completely then you will find that the suspension and steering system may become damaged. We are not talking about a minor amount of damage either. We are talking about an extensive amount of damage. You could, potentially, lose control of the vehicle if you are driving. If you are not driving then the vehicle will no longer be driveable. Although you can drive the vehicle for a while, you should try to fix it as soon as possible.
Where do I go or how do I call you to have a look at my Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG?
If you choose to call then you can dial 503-641-4525. If you want to visit us then you can visit 10925 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005 and talk to us in person if you wish.