How To Replace Front CV Axles 2007-17 Chevy Silverado (2023)

Created on: 2013-10-22

Watch this video to learn how to fix a worn or groaning drive axle. The experts at 1A Auto show you how to replace the CV axle on your 07-13 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wheel
    • Remove the three 18mm nuts holding the top of the strut
    • Pry off the center cap with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Loosen the 22mm lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground
    • Raise the vehicle with a floor jack
    • Secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Remove the lug nuts
    • Pull off the wheel
  2. step 2 :Removing the Stabilizer Link
    • Turn the wheel by hand
    • Hold the upper stabilizer link stud with a 15mm wrench
    • Remove the lower nut from the stabilizer link with a 15mm wrench
    • Pull off the stabilizer link
  3. step 3 :Removing the Suspension
    • Remove the shock strut with a 15mm socket and ratchet
    • Press down on the suspension and pull the strut down and out
  4. step 4 :Removing the Axle
    • Remove the center cap with a hammer and chisel and flat blade screwdriver
    • Have an assistant hold the brakes
    • Remove the 36mm nut from the hub
    • Place a flat blade screwdriver in the brake rotor
    • Remove the six 15mm bolts holding the axle to the differential
    • Pull the axle out of the differential
    • Remove the axle
  5. step 5 :Installing the Axle
    • Insert the axle into the hub
    • Insert the other end into the differential
    • Insert and tighten the six 15mm bolts
    • Torque the 15mm bolts between 55 and 60 foot-pounds
  6. step 6 :Installing the Suspension
    • Tighten the 18mm nuts to the top of the strut by hand
    • Insert the strut into place
    • Insert and tighten the 15mm bolt and clips to the bottom of the strut
    • Torque the 15mm bolt between 70 and 75 foot-pounds
  7. step 7 :Reinstalling the Stabilizer Link
    • Push the stabilizer link into place
    • Tighten the upper nut onto the stabilizer link with a 15mm wrench
    • Hold the upper nut with a 15mm wrench
    • Fasten the lower nut onto the stabilizer link with a 15mm wrench
  8. step 8 :Reattaching the Wheel
    • Slide the wheel into place
    • Start the lug nuts by hand
    • Tighten the lug nuts preliminarily
    • Lower the vehicle to the ground
    • Tighten the hub nut to 156 foot-pounds
    • Tighten the lug nuts to 100 foot-pounds in a crossing or star pattern
    • Reattach the center cap
    • Tighten the three 18mm nuts to the top of the strut
    • Tighten the 18mm nuts to 70 foot-pounds

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the right hand, or passenger side, front axle on this 2011 Chevy Silverado. This is a 1500. The procedure for the left axle is pretty much the same, and it's also the same for these trucks for model years 2007-2013 for both this Chevy Silverado 1500, as well as the GMC Sierra. In this repair we use new axle or axles from, jack and jack stands, 15 to 22mm sockets with a ratchet extension. You'll need a breaker bar and a pipe for some extra leverage, a 36mm socket, and I separate that one out because it's not one that's usually in your regular socket set. You'll need to buy that one special, some penetrating oil, and a torque wrench. You can replace these axles one at a time, or in pairs.

From the top, there are three 18mm nuts that hold the top of the strut in place. You see one there, one has a wire lube on it there that I'm going to reach down and grab and just pull off. Apologies for the camera shot, but you just grab the wire clip and pull it up off the stud. Okay, so you have your other one there and your third one there. Now use an 18mm socket with a long extension and remove those three nuts. Remove the center cap just by prying with a screw driver. If you don't have the benefit of air tools, loosen the lug nuts with the vehicle on the ground then raise and secure the vehicle and then remove the lug nuts the rest of the way. Remove the wheel and tire they are 22mm lug nuts.

Turn the wheel using hands or the steering wheel. Then you need to remove the stabilizer link. Make sure you put some penetrating oil on the top end of it there. Then use a wrench on the top side and a socket wrench on the bottom side. Remove it all the way. We're going to kind of speed up a little bit, "cheat" a little bit while using an impact wrench to take that off to speed things up for us. Here's the shock and strut in place. We're just using that 15mm socket ratchet. You might want a breaker bar to break them loose, but they come apart pretty easy on this truck. We'll fast-forward as we just take those out.

Get those bolts out. Press down on the suspension some, and bring the strut down and then up and out. Using your hammer and a cold chisel, you could also use a large pair of pliers to pull off that center cap. We just kind of get it started, and then pry it off with a screwdriver. Okay, the nut is a 36mm nut if you have the benefit of an air impact wrench. You can also just pull the brakes, use a breaker bar and a large pipe or something for extra leverage to loosen it up. We'll put the wheel back on, set the emergency brake, and take it off. Loosen it up that way, and then raise the vehicle back up and take it off the rest of the way.

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We're going to put a screwdriver into the brake rotor, that's going to hold things in place. You could do that also when you're removing that 36mm nut for the end of the axle. Then there are six 15mm bolts that hold the axle to the differential, and we're just going to remove those. And once those bolts are out, pull the axle from the differential and pull it right out.

The new axle goes right up into place. Put it into the hub first, you have to twist it a little bit to get the splines to line up. Then push on the other end of the axle and put it up into place. Line it up with the differential. Now I'll just fast-forward here as we put the bolts in, start all the bolts in, and then tighten them up preliminarily. And then you want to tighten all the bolts to between 55 and 60 foot-pounds. We'll fast-forward as we make sure we torque all those bolts correctly. And we're using the screwdriver to hold the rotor in place so we can torque it.

Now we'll go back to putting the strut in, and the strut does line up. There is a, you can see where the spring goes into the mount. The end of the spring should face out. Put the strut up in place and start the bolts on. You'll notice we're putting in a new strut in here. You'll also probably notice that there's an old axle in the footage, that's because when we filmed putting the strut and everything back together, we had not replaced the axle yet.

Now put the bottom down in place and take your bolt run up through, and then those clips that you took off of the original strut, put them into place. We just kind of hold them with our fingers, get the bolts started in, and then you can press them down into place and tighten up the bolts the rest of the way. Okay, and you can see here we use a screwdriver to put through the clip to hold it in place until it gets down far enough that it holds itself in place. And repeat it for the other side as well. Okay, and you can tighten these up between 70-75 foot-pounds.

Okay, speed up as we put the stabilizer link back in place. Use a pry bar to lift up on the sway bar a little bit, put the link back in place, put the bolt up through and then tighten the nut down on top. Put the tire back on, thread the lug nuts on, and then tighten them up preliminarily. Put that center bolt back on and tighten it to 156 foot-pounds. Torque your lug nuts to 110 foot-pounds using a crossing pattern. And then put that center cap back on. And then back up top, tighten up the three nuts that hold the top of the strut in place, tighten them to 70 foot-pounds. And put that wire retainer back in place and you're all set.

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Can you replace a CV axle by yourself? ›

You absolutely can replace your CV axle at home, but you'll need to be at least remotely comfortable using a jack, jack stands, and power tools. Assuming you have most of the equipment already set up in your garage at home, the cost to replace your CV axle will be quite reasonable.

How long does it take to change a CV axle on a truck? ›

Replacing a CV axle is a maintenance item that usually takes between one and a half to three hours to complete, depending on the vehicle and if other repairs are needed. A CV axle typically lasts for 70,000 to 130,000 miles, but the axles should be inspected for damage regularly.

Should you replace both front CV axles at the same time? ›

On a high-mileage vehicle with a bad CV joint or boot, it's often a good idea to replace both shafts at the same time. Often, the right (passenger side) shaft fails first because right turns are at a sharper angle than left turns, and right turns are more common than left turns.

How much does it cost to replace a CV axle on a Silverado? ›

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The average cost for a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 axle shaft replacement is between $1,050 and $1,243. Labor costs are estimated between $214 and $269 while parts are priced between $836 and $974.

Is it better to replace just the CV boot or the entire axle? ›

Many repair shops, though, will recommend replacing the entire axle if a boot is torn because there may be unseen damage to the CV joints, axle shafts and other parts that could result in other problems. Outer boots (the ones closest to a wheel) are more prone to tears than inner boots.

Is it best to replace CV axles in pairs? ›

there is no need to replace cv axles in pairs as long as the other axles are in good condition. there are many aftermarket cv axles on the market, but it's much smarter and safer to use either the factory part from the manufacturer or a replacement of equal quality.

Do you need alignment after changing CV axle? ›

Yes, many of the points that control alignment are touched as you do an axle replacement.

Can u install a CV axle wrong? ›

If the axle is too long, it can cause the CV or plunge joint to bottom out and damage the surfaces of the balls, bearings and races. If it's too short, the axle could pull out of the plunge joint under certain conditions.

What tools do I need to change a CV axle? ›

Tools and Equipment Needed to Replace a CV Axle
  1. Breaker bar.
  2. Dead-blow hammer.
  3. Drain pan.
  4. Jack and jack stands.
  5. Large hammer or mallet.
  6. Long-handled diagonal cutting pliers.
  7. Pry bar or CV axle puller.
  8. Ratchet and socket set.
4 Mar 2021

Can CV axle breaks while driving? ›

Your vehicle will reveal signs that your axle is starting to go bad. If you do not pay attention to the symptoms, there is a chance your car's axle will break while you are driving. A broken axle is a safety hazard to you and other drivers on the road.

How can you tell if your CV axle is going bad? ›

These are the 5 easiest ways to identify if you have a damaged CV axle.
  1. A Tear in the Boot.
  2. Grease Found on the Inside of Your Wheels. ...
  3. Knocking Sound. ...
  4. Clicking While Turning. ...
  5. Vibration While Driving. ...
31 May 2021

Can you drive a truck with a broken front CV axle? ›

If one of your axles is broken, do not drive the car. It's not safe. If you notice a bumping, clicking or grinding noise when going into turns, your axle isn't broken yet, but it's only a matter of time. It's most likely a failing CV joint.

What is the average life of a CV axle? ›

Automotive Q & A

Answer: CV joints last from 70,000 to 130,000 miles, and over, but technicians recommend that they be inspected periodically.

How long will a worn CV axle last? ›

It could take weeks, months, or years. But the average lifespan of a bad CV axle is around five to six months. Knowing this does not merely mean to stretch the deadline a little bit. You might be thinking that you can save more money by postponing the checkup for your ATV/UTV.

What is the difference between a CV boot and a CV joint? ›

CV joints are packed with grease for lubrication. To keep the grease in the joint and moisture, dirt and roadway grime out, the joint is covered with a rubber boot called a CV boot. CV boots are made of a durable rubber that can withstand extreme weather and travel conditions.

Should you be able to move your CV axle by hand? ›

If the car is on jack stands and the transmission is in neutral, you should be able to easily turn the CV shafts with your hands. If the tires are on the ground, you couldn't turn the shafts because you would be trying to move the car. If the transmission is in park, the wheels would be locked.

Can a CV joint fail without a torn boot? ›

It's not always a worn boot that causes CV joints to fail. When the bolts attaching the inner joint to the transaxle or the outer joint to the wheels fail, the condition of the CV boot is irrelevant.

Can I remove both CV axles at the same time? ›

Don't: Remove both axles at the same time. Alignment of side gears will be lost. Do: Use a torque wrench when installing axle nuts.

How much does it cost to replace both CV axles? ›

Typically, back axle replacement costs $500 – $800. Replacing the CV boot is much simpler – and cheaper; it costs around $100 – $200 for the replacement and labor. CV axles can cost at least $50 – $150; remember that your mechanic might recommend high-end parts depending on your car model.

How often do CV axles fail? ›

Virtually everything wears out over time. Given sufficient miles the mechanical parts of a CV axle will fail. You should expect the life of these devices to be around 100,000 miles with normal driving. For some vehicles the axles will last for 200,000 miles or more.

How do you know when alignment is needed? ›

What are the symptoms of your car being out of alignment?
  1. Uneven or rapid tire wear.
  2. Steering wheel being crooked when you are driving straight.
  3. Noisy Steering.
  4. Pulling to the right or left.
  5. Squealing tires.

What happens if wheel alignment is not done? ›

Without a wheel alignment, your tyres will develop uneven tyre wear, your suspension quality will diminish and you'll likely experience steering problems. All of these dangers add more risk to you and those around you on the roads.

What do I need to replace before an alignment? ›

These parts typically include the following:
  1. Struts or shock absorbers.
  2. Steering rack and pinion or steering linkages and steering gear.
  3. Ball joints.
  4. Control arms.
  5. Tires and wheels.
26 Mar 2021

Why is my brand new CV axle clicking? ›

You'll know when the axle is about to fail when you begin to hear a loud, rhythmic clicking noise coming from the front wheel as you turn. That noise is due to a lack of lubricant in one of the CV joints.

Can you put too much grease in a CV joint? ›

Too Much Grease

You never want to add too much grease to a CV joint. The CV joint can get hot due to internal friction and heat transferred from the brakes and engine. The heat can cause the grease and air inside the joint to expand. The pressure can cause the boot to be forced off the body of the joint.

What size socket fits the axle nut? ›

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS: Engineered for use with impact drivers, this 36mm axle nut socket measures 90mm (3.54 inches) in total length and is extra deep to fit various applications. Its 6-point opening grips the flats of fasteners, not the corners, to prevent round-off.

Can you replace an axle at home? ›

The boots or other assemblies on CV axles for front-wheel drive cars can go bad, lose grease, develop holes, or leak. In order to keep your car running properly you must sometimes change them out. Fortunately, it's possible to do this yourself.

Should I be able to move my CV axle in and out? ›

The inner joint can have a small amount of in and out movement as well as some up and down movement. It should not move at the outer joint. If it does then there may be a failure.

How much does it cost to replace 1 CV axle? ›

CV Axle Replacement Expenses

Replacement axle shafts can be bought for between $60-150.00 each, and labor is generally between 1.5-3 hours to replace, bringing labor to around $150-350.00.

What tools do I need to replace CV axles? ›

Tools and Equipment Needed to Replace a CV Axle
  • Breaker bar.
  • Dead-blow hammer.
  • Drain pan.
  • Jack and jack stands.
  • Large hammer or mallet.
  • Long-handled diagonal cutting pliers.
  • Pry bar or CV axle puller.
  • Ratchet and socket set.
4 Mar 2021

Can you take CV axle out and still drive? ›

A severely worn out CV joint can even disintegrate while you're driving and make the car undrivable. You may lose control of the vehicle entirely. It is not safe to drive with a damaged CV joint. Look for some symptoms of a failing CV joint to have it repaired before it becomes unsafe to operate the vehicle.

Can you put a CV axle in wrong? ›

Wrong Axle, Bad Engineering

If the axle is too long, it can cause the CV or plunge joint to bottom out and damage the surfaces of the balls, bearings and races. If it's too short, the axle could pull out of the plunge joint under certain conditions.

Can you hammer a CV axle in? ›

Use a torque wrench when installing axle nuts. Don't: Use a hammer on the threaded end of the shaft. It will damage the core.

How long can you drive on a messed up CV axle? ›

Let's get down to the answer. The answer will be relative from one CV axle to another. It could take weeks, months, or years. But the average lifespan of a bad CV axle is around five to six months.

Can you drive a truck with one CV axle? ›

Yes you can drive your truck with out cv joints. But you do need part of the cv joint . If that makes any sence. If you break a cv joint pull it apart and remove the joint of the cv closes to the wheel.Be sure to remove the other parts of the cv joint not used.

Is CV axle same as CV joint? ›

An axle actually consists of two CV joints. These joints allow the axle to transfer the engine's power to the drive wheels at a constant speed while accommodating any travel conditions, including the up and down motion of the suspension and cornering.

How much is labor for axle change? ›

CV axles can cost at least $50 – $150; remember that your mechanic might recommend high-end parts depending on your car model. Additionally, labor costs for axle replacement are $100 – $300 or higher, depending on the amount of work needed.

What happens if your CV axle is broken? ›

Along with straining to move, the vehicle may also make sputtering, bumping or clunking sounds. This is because the axle is not able to transfer adequate power to the wheels. These bad axle sounds will be audible when the car begins to move as well as when turning the wheels.


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