How Much Does a CV Joint Replacement Cost?

Did you know that a CV Axle repair cost is lower in total compared to that of CV joint replacement? This is because CV axles are easier and faster to replace, which is beneficial for both the shop or mechanic and the customer.

Customers get their cars as soon as possible, while the service provider gets more time to provide services to other clients.

There are other reasons that CV Axle repair is recommended, so let us try to see possible ways to increase our savings for this type of auto repair service.

General Cost of CV Joint Issues

Constant-velocity joint makes sure that the wheels turn at a stable velocity, despite up and down movement in the car’s suspension. If you notice serious trouble with it, you should replace it entirely as soon as possible before it disintegrates.

Mechanics and auto repair shops charge around $190 to $3,000 for each CV joint replacement, depending on the model of your car. Each axle replacement job, on the other hand, costs from $183 to as much as $1,116, depending on the car model. Already included in the prices are the labor costs and the car parts.

ModelReplacement Type

Ford F-Series

Single$79 – $100

$134 – $427

$213 – $527

Double$134 – $171

$268 – $854

$402 – $1025

Chevrolet Silverado
Single$118 – $151

$178 – $351

$296 – $502

Double$220 – $281

$356 – $702$576 – $983

Ford Focus

Single$126 – $161

$136 – $362

$262 – $523

Double$189 – $241

$272 – $724

$461 – $965

Toyota Camry

Single$197 – $251

$164 – $592

$361 – $843

Double$394 – $502

$328 – $1184

$722 – $1686

Toyota Corolla

Single$205 – $261

$164 – $575

$369 – $836

Double$252 – $321

$328 – $1150

$580 – $1471

Nissan Altima

Single$197 – $251

$164 – $617

$361 – $868

Double$213 – $271

$328 – $1234

$541 – $1505

Below is the price comparison, from several big shops.

Parts with Labor

(lowest price)
(highest price)
(lowest price
(highest price)
Your Mechanic1833423526501 year
NAPA16862023511801 year
Midas2104543858101 year
Average cost187472324880

Parts Only

(lowest price)
(highest price)
(lowest price
(highest price)
Pep Boys961431872766 months
Average cost80151167331

Whether you D-I-Y or opt for a service provider, you may wish to source the parts yourself for additional savings. CV joint repairs can be done with either a CV joint kit which costs from $17 to $99, although there are some CV joint kits that cost as much as $580. CV joint rebuild kits are relatively cheaper; you can buy them at prices ranging between $50 and $138.

Some vehicle owners opt to replace the CV joint boot rather than the CV joint itself, especially if the car mileage is still low and there is barely any sign of wear and tear of the CV joint. A CV boot kit costs around $11 to $134 and can be even lower, which makes it cheaper than a CV joint kit.

Although CV joint kit or a CV boot kit may already come with a CV joint grease, there are instances when you may wish for a different brand or kind of joint lubricant. High-performance CV joint grease, for example, cost as much as $40. Generally, however, CV joint grease should be relatively cheaper – it costs around $2 (0.15 lbs pack) to $27.16 (100g tube), or even lower.

An assembly of CV axle shaft are priced as low as $30 or below and as high as $125 to $185. Some CV axle shaft assembly brands and models have even higher prices. These parts are specially made for cars like BMW, Nissan, Chrysler, and Mercedes-Benz.

There are also CV axle shaft assembly in sets of 4, which are meant for 4WDs. They cost around $3,200.

The typical practice of legitimate repair shops is to include the guaranty of workmanship as well as the warranty which ranges from six months to two years or through mileage. Most common warranty with this type of service is around 12 months or 12,000-mileage whichever comes first.

Getting excited to calculate your options and heading to the nearest mechanic, auto repair shop or even auto parts store? Before you do that, however, you may want to review a little bit about the CV joint and the CV axle.

Constant Velocity Joint

A Constant Velocity (CV) joint is a certain type of universal joint found in 2-wheel-drive and 4-wheel-drive vehicles. It transfers engine power from the transaxle to the drive wheel it is connected to.

Unlike the universal joint which allows limited torque, a CV Joint makes it possible for its drive wheel to move up and down with the suspension movement and for the tires to turn left or right during steering without so much strain on the axles.

The CV joint may either be an inner joint which is connected between the transaxle and the CV axle; or an outer joint which connects the same axle to the wheel. 

The CV joint is soaked in lubricant while housed in a CV boot. This gives protection to the CV joint from wear and tear from constant friction, as well as from outside grime and debris that speeds up such wear and tear.

car constant velocity joint

Wear and Tear In CV Joints

CV joints are hardy components, while a CV axle is ideally even more so as the axle is built to last the car’s lifetime.

A CV joint malfunction has more to do with its boot, which gets worn out with time and, if exposed to rough treatment, will get torn by road dirt, gravel, and grime, as well as atmospheric moisture. Additionally, since the boot gets torn, there are bound to be lubricant leaks. The lesser the lubricant as result of these leaks, the more exposed the CV joint is to heat, friction, and corrosion.

The outer CV joint is more susceptible to such wear and tear compared to the inner joint. This is because the outer joint gets to do more work with all the road activity applied on the car wheel.

Additionally, although CV joints are built to be durable, this does not mean that they do not submit to wear and tear due to aging. Friction, grinding, and exposure to heat, in the long run, will create spaces between tightly-joined parts. Because of this, there are also cases when your car gets CV joint problems even if the boot is still intact.

The longer your car is used with worn CV joints, the more the parts get worn out until eventually; they come to a breaking point. When the CV joint is damaged, it is then followed by the connecting axle as well as the wheels. The drive wheel, in particular, will take the brunt of all the rough movement, while the axle and CV gradually cease to perform until the car can no longer run.

Usual causes for sped up wear and tear of the CV joints are rough driving, the weather, road conditions, and others that will give your car a rough treatment.

Signs to Look Out For

The earlier a CV joint problem – or even a CV joint boot damage – is identified, the lesser the repair expenses will be. Here are some symptoms indicating a bad CV joint:

  • A Grease that is leaking out from small crack is an early sign of the CV joint boot damage. If you can see a dark oil leaking in the wheel edge, that means the defect is big. A broken CV boot allows dirt and fragments get into the boot and damage the component.
  • If you still use your car even there is a damaged CV joint boot, the joint will certainly wear through and in the long run, it will crack. You’ll notice it when you hear a clicking, grinding or popping noise when making tight turns.
  • Steady knocking sound at every other second or two while driving at a low speed
  • Certain speeds produce vibration felt on the car floor and on the steering wheel
  • Hairpin turns and gear shifts produce occasional clicking noise that gradually turns into rhythmic clicking the longer you do not have your car repaired

You may have one or two of the above-mentioned signs indicating CV joint trouble. If this goes unchecked, your car might no longer run because it can no longer transmit engine torque to the wheel.

Remember, a badly-worn out CV joint can suddenly disintegrate while you are driving. When this happens, knock on wood; consider yourself lucky if a tow truck is all you need and not an ambulance.

Note, too, that some symptoms may not be so evident at first unless your car happens to be undergoing a general used vehicle inspection or check and the mechanic notices the CV joint problem and calls for a repair.

CV Joint or CV Axle?

When a CV joint is compromised due to a worn boot undetected for quite a while, it is only a matter of time before that joint eventually wears out. The same can be said for a CV axle – because the other half of the CV joint, after all, is connected to the axle itself.

This is why some people opt to swap out their CV axle for a new one rather than do two or 3 separate replacements for the outer CV joint, the CV axle, and the inner joint. By having the entire CV axle assembly replaced, it reduces the cost of repairs and replacements as well as one’s worries as to when the next component will be taken out.

Additionally, mechanics and auto shops would recommend customers to opt for axle replacement rather than CV joint repair or replacement since a new CV axle assembly installation is relatively cheaper in terms of overall labor cost.

The reason behind this is the number of hours allotted for this particular service as compared to the length of time to accomplish a CV joint replacement. CV boot replacement takes about 2.8 hours, while CV Axle takes about 1.5 hours.

cv-joint of a car close up

Replacement Process

A simple boot replacement can be done personally, but one has to be an experienced mechanic in order to do a CV joint replacement or an axle replacement. Replacing CV joints and axle assembly components require a lot of skill and care so that the new axle and joints are not scratched or damaged even before you put them in place on your car.

The replacement process of a CV joint or a CV axle assembly requires vehicle-specific information. This is because there are differences in the way an axle is connected to a transmission. Some cars have one end of their axles attached inside the transmission through a snap ring.

Once the mechanic identifies the particular features concerning the axle, repair starts with the jacking and propping up of the car. The wheel is then removed and the axle carefully taken off the car. Depending on whether you wished for a CV joint replacement or an axle replacement, the mechanic then intricately switches the worn component with a new one before returning the assembly to the car.

When the replacement has been completed, your car’s fasteners are then torque before the wheels are reinstalled. Tire pressure is checked before your vehicle is undocked and brought out for a road test.

Things to Note

Does your car have a relatively low mileage? Although mechanics might recommend axle replacement rather than CV joint or CV boot replacement, if your car mileage is low, a CV joint or CV boot replacement is better since the axle during this time is less likely to be easily damaged.

Get quotes online and from your local area auto repair shops. It is good to check for prices of auto parts first before asking repair service providers for a quote so that you can compare and so that you can ask that your parts be personally sourced.

Always ask for a specific warranty to ensure that the auto repair service provider is not playing around with you. Better yet, ask for referrals from friends and family.

Coupons are a good way to save, but make sure that you have checked the integrity of the repair shop or mechanic first.

In the case of the CV joint, boot, or axle, typical extra expenditures include the following:

  • If you have neglected the symptoms that the parts are failing, then prepare to spend on the tow truck charge anytime soon and this may be more than what you have to pay for the replacement of the entire axle shaft.
  • Since these are related to wheels, you might find yourself agreeing with the tire alignment recommendation which typically costs around $50 to $220.
  • Regardless whether the axle shaft is to be replaced or not, the inner shaft seal should be replaced especially for the older and high mileage cars which may already have leakage due to age.
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