What is an axle seal leak? How much does it cost to repair?

In our last article, we discussed the common signs of a leaking axle seal. But, once you spot one, what should you do? How urgent is an axle seal repair? When should you call your mechanic? Below we’ll answer those questions.

Is it safe to drive?

The axle seal connects the axle to the transmission and keeps the transmission fluid from leaking. Depending on the size of the leak, it may be okay to drive with a leaking axle seal but you probably won’t get very far.

The severity of the leak will affect how safe it is to drive. If the fluid loss is significant, the vehicle should not be driven; if the leak is small, you may be able to drive your vehicle as long as you maintain the proper transmission fluid levels.

If you notice any symptoms of an axle seal leak, it’s best to call your mechanic and take your car in for service as soon as possible. If the seal becomes too corroded before it’s repaired, it may cause permanent damage to the transmission.

Our best advice? Get Regular Oil Changes.

Replacing a leaking axle shaft isn’t an easy DIY job so it’s always best to have your car checked out by a professional. If you get your oil changed regularly, your mechanic can typically spot an axle seal leak early on, especially if there’s oil splashed around the area of the seal. This early detection will ultimately give you more time to have it repaired before any major damage is done.  

How much will it cost to fix?

Fixing an axle seal can cost anywhere from $150 to several hundred dollars, depending on the make and model of your car. If you detect a leak it’s better to fix it sooner rather than later, as ruining your transmission is an expensive repair. A leaking axle seal may be covered by your vehicle’s Powertrain Warranty, so check your car’s brochure to see if this is the case.

At V&F

Our expert mechanics use the latest diagnostic equipment, and high-quality CARQUEST auto parts, to make sure we get the job done right. Our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. If you need transmission maintenance or repair, call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Nicole Palange

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