- Axle Replacement: The consensus in the mechanic community and among fellow colleagues, as observed also on online forums, suggests that replacing the entire axle is often more cost-effective than rebuilding it. This is primarily due to the labor costs involved in disassembling, cleaning, and inspecting the CV joint, and then reassembling it. With the affordable prices of new or rebuilt axle shafts, it often makes more financial sense to replace the whole shaft rather than just the boot or the grease.
- Axle Rebuilding: While technically possible, rebuilding an axle is usually more labor-intensive and therefore more expensive. Unless the axle is a rare or expensive part that's hard to replace, rebuilding might not offer significant savings.
- Factors to Consider: The decision also depends on the condition of your car, the make and model, and the availability and cost of replacement parts. For common models, replacement axles are readily available and reasonably priced.
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