Just purchased a 1996 Cavalier and after a week.

Tiny
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
  • 130,000 MILES

Just purchased a 1996 Cavalier and after a week the axle broke, so replaced it by son in law. He is not a certified mechanic. Now the axle is twisted again and eventually it will break. Why does it keep doing this? The kid said he wasn't beating the car but he remembers hitting a few potholes. Could that do this? Anyway the dad that fixed it the first time said the kid was beating the car and he will not fix it again. HELP. What could be causing this?

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 11:44 PM

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Tiny
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Did you get a new or used axle?

Roy

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Saturday, April 6th, 2013 AT 11:47 PM
Tiny
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I do believe the part came from a bottle parts store so I would say new

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:34 AM
Tiny
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Sorry auto parts store

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:35 AM
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Twisted? Please explain. Can you post a picture?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:36 AM
Tiny
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All the grease is hanging down. They said its twisted. Maybe I can post a picture.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:38 AM
Tiny
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Sounds like a ripped boot. Doubt if it twisted.

Roy

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:39 AM
Tiny
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How do I add a picture?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:47 AM
Tiny
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Here is the picture.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 12:58 AM
Tiny
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Can you tell by the picture?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 2:22 AM
Tiny
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Wow, it looks like the CV joint is coming apart. Is this the same thing that happened to the first one? If so. Some one must be dumping the clutch if it is a manual transmission or reving the engine in neutral and then slamming it into gear if it is an automatic. Hitting pot holes wouldn't cause that. Sorry, Roy, It showed this wasn't answered then I saw the pic.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 3:13 AM
Tiny
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Its an automatic. So probably need a cv joint, axle rubber boot is that about it?

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 3:20 AM
Tiny
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That is what it looks like it needs. However, it is cheaper to just get a reman axle with both CV joints already replaced. By the time you pay labor and screw around removing the old CV joint, you will have more money into it than if you just purchased the entire axle.

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Sunday, April 7th, 2013 AT 3:27 AM

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