I just got my '99 Subaru Foresters front CV axles both replaced two weeks ago, but just this last Friday while I was driving home one of the new axles "exploded". I'm wondering if that's something that'll happen every once in a blue moon with new axles.


No, exploding axles are not a normal thing. Return to the shop that replaced them, there should be a warranty on them. Either:

  • the axles were defective
  • the axles weren't installed properly
  • the axles were the incorrect ones for your vehicle
  • Yeah, the shop replaced them I was just curious how often something like that happens. – Blakethepatton Oct 31 '17 at 23:13
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    @Blakethepatton Since your issue is resolved, kindly mark this answer as "Accepted" to close off the question :) – tlhIngan Nov 1 '17 at 1:26
  • I've seen an improperly installed axle do that before. One the test drive. About a quarter mile from the shop. POP! Strange noises. Bearings rolling away, etc. – Brian Knoblauch Nov 1 '17 at 16:12
  • I'm guessing that it must have been a factory defect because I got like 800 miles on it before it snapped. Just a bit farther than that quarter mile. – Blakethepatton Nov 1 '17 at 16:55
  • Where did it snap off at exactly? Did it just pull out the transmission like the C clip failed? Or did it snap down the center like this example Honda Civic - CV Axle Snapped In Half – jxramos Jan 19 '18 at 8:28

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