Frequently Asked Questions Ask APW
What is the most effective way to clean the Honda Civic axle assembly?
Answer: The axle assembly has two basic parts--the axle shaft and the joint housings. Each of these parts has a different method of cleaning. For the axle shaft, the best way of cleaning would be with water, soap, and an abrasive cleaning pad. This is a simple and gentle method that will not cause damage on the other parts. As for the joint housings, cleaning can be done with the use of flushing fluid. After cleaning the whole assembly, grease should be applied to prevent moisture from entering the assembly.
Will removing rust from the axle shaft weaken the whole axle assembly in Honda Civic?
Answer: Needless to say, taking out rusts from the axle shaft would mean getting rid of the actual metal in the axle shaft. However, it does not necessarily mean weakening the axle assembly. When a metal undergoes rusting, it expands up to eight times. This means that the amount of rust that is being taken out during cleaning is not the same amount of metal that is being disposed. After getting rid of these rusts, it is better to be more conscious to changes in performance of the axle assembly to be more certain whether the material has, indeed, weakened or not.
When should a Honda Civic axle assembly be replaced?
Answer: A typical axle assembly has a 70,000-mile lifespan. This means that even though the whole axle assembly has not experienced any problem upon reaching this mileage, it should still be replaced. In addition, if problems are experienced before this point, the axle assembly replacement should still be in place. If such incident happens, it is better to check the Honda Civic dealer. The axle assembly may be replaced free of charge under the warranty.
If the CV joint in the axle assembly is damaged, can the Honda Civic still run?
Answer: The CV joint in the axle assembly is a crucial part in the Honda Civic. Thanks to the CV boot that holds it together, it can still work properly even if it is damaged. Nonetheless, this can only work for a short period of time. Otherwise, it can damage the CV boot as well, causing more headache. With this, once a CV joint is damaged, it should be replaced as soon as possible.