2001 Mercury Cougar Broken Axle


Drive Train Axles Bearings problem
2001 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Automatic 55700 miles

I was driving to work and hit a patch of black ice and spun out on the highway. I didn't hit anyone or anything. I came to a stop on the side of the highway, didn't even hit the snow bank. So I figured my car was fine. Then I started driving and it shakes really bad in the back of the car. Then tonight when I was on my way home from work I heard a really loud noise come from the back right side. I looked back there, but i'm not sure what i'm looking for. Could I have broken my axle? Also, how much would that cost to repair?
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Friday, January 16th, 2009 AT 12:21 AM

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Your vehicle is equipped with front wheel drive. The axle is in the front of the vehicle, not the rear. If you did not hit anything, I suggest having your tires/wheels inspected. You may have lost a weight off of one or more wheels which will throw the tire off balance and cause severe vibrations. As for the noise, what type of noise was it? A popping noise, squeaking noise. Etc.? You probably have damaged your suspension. I suggest having an alignment shop look at your tires and rear suspension and see if anything was bent. Bent suspension parts such as the rear lateral links will also cause vibrations.

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