How to Avoid Breaking Axles on My UTV
It’s no surprise that axles like to break. As UTV riders, we like to push our equipment to the limits and going fast over rough terrain will eventually cause an axle to give in. That doesn’t mean that we have to accept it fully, you can always do a lot to avoid breakles axles on your UTV to make them last as long as possible.
There are plenty of ways your axle can break without giving any signs before total failure. There are also a few ways to pay attention to your axles and keep them living a longer life. As soon as you start to notice an axle dangling or you start hearing the classic clunking, popping, and crackling, you can take action to avoid breaking the axles on your UTV.
If you know what to look out for, you can always avoid breaking axles and save yourself a lot of time and money.
Listen to what your UTV is saying
Clunking, crackling, and popping are the three noises that you don’t want to hear when you’re thinking about breaking axles on your UTV. You’ll know these especially well when you’re slowing down or taking a hard turn around the corner.
The first step is checking the boot for any leaking grease as these sounds come when you’ve lost all the grease in your CV joint. The best long-term solution will be to completely replace the CV joint, but can temporarily be solved with some grease in the boot.
Dangling axles are the result of the most common issue you can have with an axle that breaks. These are a direct result of installation errors. Simply don’t let your axles hang during installation and the entire issue is easily avoided.
If you don’t catch the leaking grease right away, you may be in trouble. Test out your new axles with slow rides and check the boot constantly. This can help you to catch the problem before it’s detrimental and breaks your axles entirely.