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Old 01-07-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone had success with Autozone axles?

I got a Cardone reman front axle for my car from Autozone. Within a few days. the axle started clicking while making right turns. It's only gotten worse since. The boots aren't split and no grease is seeping out, so I'm chalking it up to just a crap rebuild. Autozone has a lifetime warranty on these axles, but if I'm going to have to replace axles every fortnight, it's hardly worth it.

So, has ANYONE had good experiences with these Cardone axles? I'm just trying to decide if I should bother getting a warranty replacement. If not, I'm thinking an MWE axle is the way to go.

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Old 01-07-2014, 10:00 PM   #2
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I haven't had to put new axles on my subaru yet. But I have used them on 6 other cars with no problems, so I would try another one.
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:20 PM   #3
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Okay, thank you. I've also heard some good things about Autozone axles from friends...none of whom own Subarus. My research has revealed mixed opinions.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:43 PM   #4
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I got Cardone axles from Autozone and NAPA; one set failed in 200 miles and the other on 50 miles (cloud of smoke, parts rolling down the highway, etc.). Get Empi axles from Rock Auto - much higher quality and long service life.
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Old 01-08-2014, 12:53 AM   #5
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I got Cardone axles from Autozone and NAPA; one set failed in 200 miles and the other on 50 miles (cloud of smoke, parts rolling down the highway, etc.). Get Empi axles from Rock Auto - much higher quality and long service life.
Thanks! What in the hell...I usually check Rockauto all the time for my parts needs, but this time I neglected it. $50 + shipping for EMPI axles? Damn...I did the wrong thing.

Anyways, I'm going to give the Autozone axles one more try, since I have a full warranty. If it doesn't work, I'll eat the initial cost (I doubt Autozone will give me my money back) and go with EMPI or MWE. ($50 vs. $75).
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:04 PM   #6
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I've been running an Autozone reman'd axle for 6+ months...no issues.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:21 PM   #7
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i have 3 autozone axles on my wrx and 1 on a buddies STi
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:36 PM   #8
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I broke 2 autozone axles in two years.

I use raxle axles now. I think they're a great quality non-oem solution. The price is between autozone and OEM
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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Nope.
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:55 PM   #10
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autozone, Orielly auto, Advance & pep boys all use the same SB-8043/8044 etc part #s so cardone, masterpro, etc are from the same supplier. I just had an oreilly auto rear axle fail and take out the inner cir-clip and spider gear within the last 5 days. dealing with the repair right now. I don't think[ its a factor of "quality" its just a random crap shoot if the guy/gal assembling them was hung over or pissed that particular day.

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Old 01-09-2014, 10:16 PM   #11
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autozone, Orielly auto, Advance & pep boys all use the same SB-8043/8044 etc part #s so cardone, masterpro, etc are from the same supplier. I just had an oreilly auto rear axle fail and take out the inner cir-clip and spider gear within the last 5 days. dealing with the repair right now. I don't think[ its a factor of "quality" its just a random crap shoot if the guy/gal assembling them was hung over or pissed that particular day.

Rob
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Very inconsistent. Some will work great some will not. I think you are better off getting OEM or EMPI.
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Old 01-09-2014, 10:19 PM   #12
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Empi>Any other aftermarket "stock" axles.
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Old 01-10-2014, 02:30 PM   #13
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Empi>Any other aftermarket "stock" axles.
Normally I'd be 100% on ^, but one subie forum had a posting showing the "new" EMPI axles that are selling which are, visually, different (e.g. boots have more, smaller pleats). Person contacted EMPI and they said they got bought out by someone and have changed mfg., still working "old stock" out of the supply chain.

<------just bought two low-mileage front OEM axles for basically shipping cost.
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Old 01-10-2014, 04:50 PM   #14
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I sheared an EMPI front axle at the inside CV joint at an auto-x event.

Otherwise, if EMPI axles are still available, they are fine as a non-competition, stock replacement axle.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:36 PM   #15
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NEW Cardone axles used here, Hondas, Mazdas, etc, never had a problem.
Reman'd axles are not worth the few dollars in savings.
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Old 01-13-2014, 01:20 AM   #16
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I bought the autozone front axles about 50, 000 miles ago for my six speed wrx and could not be happier. I drive the car pretty hard and have not heard a peep from them
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