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      $850 for axle!?

      Stealership wants $850 for just the drivers side axle replacement. Are there any alternatives? My Indy Volvo specialist said they've had good luck with the aftermarket axles they use and quoted me $450 installed but from what I've read on this forum there isn't an aftermarket axle out there that's worth buying.
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      Fcp euro has a lifetime warranty. I believe they sell rebuilt axles.


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      Quote Originally Posted by phish View Post
      Stealership wants $850 for just the drivers side axle replacement. Are there any alternatives? My Indy Volvo specialist said they've had good luck with the aftermarket axles they use and quoted me $450 installed but from what I've read on this forum there isn't an aftermarket axle out there that's worth buying.
      do you have a manual? heard oem only for manuals but aftermarket for automatics do ok.

      i'm 10k miles into aftermarket cv axels for my automatic and so far so good. for about $350 both sides i went for it. will let folks know how long they last...
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      Quote Originally Posted by ducktape View Post
      Fcp euro has a lifetime warranty. I believe they sell rebuilt axles.


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      My understanding is that all OEM axles are rebuilt? Tasca (while no lifetime warranty) is $100 cheaper.
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      Quote Originally Posted by jschinito View Post
      do you have a manual? heard oem only for manuals but aftermarket for automatics do ok.

      i'm 10k miles into aftermarket cv axels for my automatic and so far so good. for about $350 both sides i went for it. will let folks know how long they last...
      The one that needs to be replaced was aftermarket. Got about 30k out of it
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      since my oem only lasted 75k if the aftermarket makes it to 30k probably still worth it considering the huge cost difference
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      Can anyone confirm that OEM axles are made by GKN? Has anyone used a replacement from GKN?
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      I'm not going to search for the thread, but there was a discussion within the last few weeks that said the OEM axles are GKN.
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      When I tried to have my suspension clunking diag'd, the shop said my front passenger CV axle needed replacing. They quoted me $900 total, $600 of which was for the axle. They know I do a lot DIY work so they cautioned against buying a non-OEM axle.

      I recently heard of VoluParts- basically a Volvo junkyard- you may have luck sourcing a used axle from there.
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      Don't waste your money on OEM axles. They are all rebuilt and don't last very long. I went through two passenger Volvo axles in about 60k miles after my original axle failed.

      I just bought cardone select axles which are brand new, not remanufactured. They cost about $100 each and feel super smooth on the car.
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      Do your Koni FSD's drop your car? If so, consider that into your weardown and life-calculations.
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      Phish, I'm not sure what state or country you are in but there are people/companies out there that will rebuild axles. I haven't seen what a S40/V50 axle looks like but why do you need a new one? There are places that will disassemble the axle, repack it with grease and install new rubber boots. Is it possible to have your current axle rebuilt?
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      Quote Originally Posted by T501 View Post
      Don't waste your money on OEM axles. They are all rebuilt and don't last very long. I went through two passenger Volvo axles in about 60k miles after my original axle failed.

      I just bought cardone select axles which are brand new, not remanufactured. They cost about $100 each and feel super smooth on the car.
      Cardone is a part re-builder, a pretty good re-builder, but if it was one they made 'new' I'd still be wary of the lifespan over actual brand new OEM. Also, I have received new axles from the dealer before (both sides, auto) lasting over 100k at about 900$ for the pair post-core refund.

      Quote Originally Posted by avenger09123 View Post
      Do your Koni FSD's drop your car? If so, consider that into your weardown and life-calculations.
      They won't drop the car at all, however the dampening is better and probably helps the axles!

      People have mentioned GKN axles since they're the Volvo OEM supplier. I'd give them a shot.
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      Cardone does sell rebuilt axles but their select brand is strictly brand new axles.

      https://www.cardone.com/products/dri...n-products-new
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      Quote Originally Posted by phish View Post
      Can anyone confirm that OEM axles are made by GKN? Has anyone used a replacement from GKN?
      Yes they are and you can get GKN axles eEuroparts for around $225.00.
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      Quote Originally Posted by GRat9717 View Post
      Cardone is a part re-builder, a pretty good re-builder, but if it was one they made 'new' I'd still be wary of the lifespan over actual brand new OEM. Also, I have received new axles from the dealer before (both sides, auto) lasting over 100k at about 900$ for the pair post-core refund.



      They won't drop the car at all, however the dampening is better and probably helps the axles!

      People have mentioned GKN axles since they're the Volvo OEM supplier. I'd give them a shot.
      Pretty sure Volvo doesn't sell new axles. They are all re-manufactured, Volvo calls them exchanges or "exch" for short. As seen here:
      http://www.volvopartswebstore.com/pr...key_category=0
      It means it's a rebuilt part.

      My first Volvo replacement that failed after 30k was bought and installed at the dealer for somewhere around $800 parts and labor. The second Volvo axle I bought from tasca for about $500 and replaced it myself. Same result, 30k miles and then unbearable vibration. I'm done with Volvo's crappy overprice re-manufactured axles.
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      I just bought mine from FCP. The only benefits to the dealership is that they warranty the part and labor. But really, if I have to do the axel again it takes an hour.


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      Looks like RockAuto has them for under $50 with no core charge. That's probably why most rebuilders have closed up. Used to have a driveline shop that rebuilt an axle for $30 in an hour or two.

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      $850 for axle!?

      Don't buy those aftermarket ones. Get a reman or let the dealer do it. Your safety is worth the $600 axle.

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      Quote Originally Posted by atikovi View Post
      Looks like RockAuto has them for under $50 with no core charge. That's probably why most rebuilders have closed up. Used to have a driveline shop that rebuilt an axle for $30 in an hour or two.
      I don't think I'd trust a $50 axle when the OEM is 10x the price. According to the shop I went to, the options are OEM or ones of questionable quality made in China. They said they've had numerous aftermarket axles fail w/in 10k miles. The issue is steel quality rather than fitment so the splines end up getting stripped when they can't handle the torque. Given that my car is tuned I'll be opting for an OEM personally.

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      So i'm trying to buy axles off rockauto, but there's a 26 spline option and a 36 spline option. Anyone know which one is the correct one? i have the 2005 s40 t5 fwd 6 speed. not sure which to buy, i think i;m going with cardone

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      I see rockauto is still having issue's with there listings. The front shafts for AWD are different if you have an automatic. There listing doesn't specify what transmission the shaft is for.
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      I think the left side is the same awd or not, right is different


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      I used to drink the OEM axle kool aid too. Now after going through 3 of them, I finally see they are overpriced crap. The reason why they are so much more expensive has little to do with quality and a lot more to do with the laws of business. GKN sells the axles to Volvo and then Volvo sells them to us, one markup. GKN probably also gets parts to manufacture the axle from some parts supplier so there's another mark up. GKN sets their price fairly high already compared to other axle manufacturers as seen by their direct price on eEuroparts which is about $225. 50-100% markup is pretty typical when going from wholesale to retail.

      The re-manufactured Volvo axles which is all that's available for replacement is whole other story. I highly doubt Volvo does any rebuilding of any parts whatsoever. Everything is outsourced so we have to pay everyone involved in the re-manufacture, selling and re-selling of the part. That's why they are so expensive, it's certainly not because they are any good.

      I replaced all of my OEM replacement axles after 30k miles or so, but the vibration from inner cv joint wear would start around 20k miles. Totally unacceptable at anywhere near the price they ask for those axles.

      And there's absolutely no feeling of "safety" driving on an axle that feels like it's going to shake your car apart.
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      But what else are we supposed to do? Those $130 Chinese built axles certainly aren't an option.


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      Quote Originally Posted by thefisch33 View Post
      But what else are we supposed to do? Those $130 Chinese built axles certainly aren't an option.


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      I don't know about that. I'm no fan of Chinese built stuff in general but since the Volvo rebuilt axles obviously are junk and cost a fortune, what have you got to lose? I've only had my cardone select axles on for a few hundred miles so I can't speak for longevity but so far they are every bit as good as OEM and since they are NOT rebuilt but actually NEW I presume they will last longer than my last few OEM Volvo axles.

      And at around $100 per axle, it's definitely worth a shot. At least Cardone is a well known longtime American parts company. Even though their axles are not manufactured here, they are designed here. The only other option I would try is the NEW GKN axles that eEuroparts sells. As far as I'm concerned Volvo axles are a complete waste of money.

      Even if the Cardone axles only last as long as my previous two Volvo axles, that will still be a huge improvement since they are about 1/5th the cost of Volvo axles.

      They other great thing about the axles not costing much to begin with is that when the boots tear, you just replace the whole axle instead of having to re-boot.

      My last "new" Volvo axle split it's inner boot in 6 months! And I caught it right away. Had to re-boot that one because of the initial cost of the axle. Then about a year or so later it already began to do its little inner joint failure dance.
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      You can't get new GKN axles for the AWD m66


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      Quote Originally Posted by thefisch33 View Post
      But what else are we supposed to do? Those $130 Chinese built axles certainly aren't an option.
      The $50 Chinese built axles.

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      Quote Originally Posted by thefisch33 View Post
      You can't get new GKN axles for the AWD m66


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      Then I would try Cardone Select.
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      Also not available for m66


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      Quote Originally Posted by T501 View Post
      Then I would try Cardone Select.
      Never mind. Just did a search on the cardone website and it looks like they don't make axles for the s40. If you can't find any NEW after market axles, then I would get the Volvo axles from FCP. At least they give you a lifetime warranty which you will need with those axles.
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      FCP is the only reasonable option. Even if I have to replace them every 2 years it's free


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      Come on. You think left side is the same AWD or not. When I screwed up last time left side AWD auto was shorter than AWD manual. Good luck with the guessing. Hopefully some day some one will give more than I think it will fit.

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      $850 for axle!?

      I've been driving on a fwd m66 left axle on my awd m66 for months. The left side is the same between awd and fwd, NOT between m66 and auto. The splines and lengths are different in autos and manuals, but only the right side axle goes through the awd transfer case-that's what makes the right side different between awd and fwd


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