Is an axle the same thing as a driveshaft

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Old 05-02-02, 03:02 PM
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Is an axle the same thing as a driveshaft

I have a 1989 Toyota Camry 4cyl .I was hit in the front right above the driverside tire.I have replaced both front struts because they were bent.But I am still having trouble with my steering.There is alot of play in the steering wheel.I took it to a shop and they said it needed 2 new drive shafts.Are they the same as axles and would the cardrive at all if they were broke?
 
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Old 05-02-02, 03:06 PM
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In a front wheel drive car the axles are essentially the driveshafts.
If one actually breaks, the car won't drive, but they may be excessively worn or bent. I had to replace the front axles in my wife's '95 Camry at about 120,000 miles due to wear, so yours probably need replacing at any rate.
 
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Old 05-02-02, 03:09 PM
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The axles on a front wheel drive car are CV (constant velocity) type axles. It is different than a rear wheel drive car's set up.

If it got walloped like that, you may have bent a spindle, wiped out a bearing, bent the rack and pinion, a tie rod or bent the unibody/mounting surfaces.

I suggest you bring in the car to a competent alignment shop/repair shop and have them go through the whole car to make sure the chassis is square. Replacing parts, and aligning things on a tweaked frame will always put you behind the eight ball and is a waste of time and money (and can be dangerous).

How bad of a hit are we talking about? Did you have it checked by a body shop for frame/unibody damage?
 
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Old 05-02-02, 03:09 PM
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Additional note, though. Excess play in the steering wheel I wouldn't think would be an axle problem. More likely steering rack, ball joints, or other parts with direct relationship to steering. Joe? Might consider consulting a body shop if you haven't already. They are experts in that sort of thing when related to crash damage.
 
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Old 05-02-02, 03:10 PM
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Hi, Joe; great minds think alike. LOL
 
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Old 05-02-02, 06:06 PM
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Lol. There you have it .

Beat ya to it .
 
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