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What would cause a left drive axle in a 95 Toyota Corolla to break? My mechanic says he has never seen one do that before. $225 worth of repair bill, but no explanation of why. What would the risks of driving with a broken axle in the CV be? I drove on it for two months before it was correctly diagnosed. The dealer had said it was "a bent tie bar or a flap making noise". Never going back to them again.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA K., There could be many explanations for a broken axle, you could have hit something. Your alignment will not be true after they replace the axle, which in turn will cause your tires to wear unevenly and would need replacement sooner. A $225 repair bill sounds like a fair price. AJ Pierce

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear K, I've seen them break when the boot is ripped and the joint gets so dried out, after making noise for a while they finally snap. This should have been easy to see however. You also could hit a big pothole and cause serious damage as well. While I don't think the price was bad for the repair, it is a little disconcerting that they couldn't find the problem for 2 months. If there was a bent tie rod, I'm hoping they replaced that too. You should of had an alignment done also with the replacement of a tie rod. Make sure they did all the proper work and if you don't feel comfortable with them then take it to another shop to have their work checked out. You can find "female" friendly dealerships by searching on Ask Patty. Good luck. Lori Johnson www.ladiesstartyourengines.net

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