I recently took my car to the mechanic for a check-up and was quoted $340 for a CV axle replacement. I'm unsure if this repair is essential right now or if it can wait. The mechanic mentioned a leaking CV boot, but I'm on a tight budget. Is this a reasonable price, and how urgent is this repair?
Hi there, Mary!
The necessity of a CV axle replacement can vary based on several factors. If you're planning to keep your vehicle for a long time, it's wise to consider this repair. A leaking CV boot might not cause immediate problems, but over time, it can lead to the joint running out of grease or getting contaminated, which eventually causes noise, especially during slow turns.
Regarding the price, $340 can be reasonable depending on your car's make and model. However, if you're looking to save costs and are handy with car repairs, you could consider replacing just the boot yourself for significantly less. Keep in mind that this is a temporary solution, and eventually, a full replacement might be needed.
If finances are tight and the car is not a long-term investment for you, you might opt to wait until the issue becomes more pronounced. However, be aware that a severely worn joint can lead to breakdowns, necessitating a tow.
In summary, if your budget allows, it's recommended to get the repair done sooner rather than later to avoid further complications. Discuss with your mechanic about possibly bundling this repair with other services for a discount.
Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team
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