I can’t find a CV axle

Okay I have a 94 civic ex with a b18c1 motor and tranny and really need to know if the integral CV axel will fit in my Honda. I have tried the dx and ex civic shaft but the plunger head won't fit in the tranny so I am lost right now. I really need to know the year of the integral motor as well to find the exact CV axel I need.
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The Integra axle may not work with your hubs, and you could end with the same concern. If the original transmission will bolt correctly to the Integra engine, then the civic axles will work. However, with mismatching transmission and hubs, there is no guarantee that any axle will work. If you would like some professional assistance with this issue, you can always contact a certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to help you with your CV axle problem.

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Constant velocity joints, commonly known as CV joints, are located at each end of the drive shaft. They connect the wheels to the axles as well as to the transmission. CV joints shift torque at a controlled speed to the wheels. They are also responsible for the up and down motions of the suspension system.
Consequently, the two axles are not interchangeable and that applies to both automatic and manual transmission versions of this vehicle. If you are replacing these axles on your own be sure to replace the output shaft seals on the transmission.
If It remember correctly, it is usually the inside wheel – i.e. if the noise is louder on sharp right turns, it`s the right hand joint and vice versa. The best way to tell is to jack up the car and support it on stands.
Modern FWD vehicles use CV axles to drive the front wheels, and modern independent-suspension RWD and AWD vehicles may use CV axles to drive the rear wheels.
Front-wheel drive vehicles have two CV axles in the front, rear-wheel drive vehicles with independent rear suspension have two CV axles in the rear, and all-wheel drive vehicles have four CV Axles connected to the drive wheels.
All front-wheel vehicles contain four CV joints, one at either end of each of the driveshafts running from your transmission to your wheels. Four-wheel drive vehicles also commonly contain CV joints which perform an identical function for the rear wheels.
Types of Rear Axle

Not all rear axles are the same, as the support and mounting methods determine the type. According to The Engineers Post, there are three types of rear axles: Semi-Floating Axle: This rear axle connects the wheel to the flange on the exterior of the axle shaft and holds it securely.

On a high-mileage vehicle with a bad CV joint or boot, it`s often a good idea to replace both shafts at the same time. Often, the right (passenger side) shaft fails first because right turns are at a sharper angle than left turns, and right turns are more common than left turns.
Bad or damaged engine mounts will cause the cv axle to keep breaking, overloading vehicles beyond its capacity and stress the axles with large bumps and potholes also will damage the cv joint too. Another way drivers can put their CV parts at greater risk is by adding lift kits to their vehicle.
Stamped Number on the Axle

To figure out exactly what axle you have, you can look for the Dana stamped bill of materials number. This stamped number can usually be found on the righthand side or on the longer axletube on the same side of the tube as the differential cover, facing the rear of the truck.

Constant Velocity or CV joints are used in most front wheel drive vehicles, many all-wheel drive vehicles and some rear wheel drive vehicles. A CV joint is a joint designed to transmit even power through a wide range of angles with minimum friction and internal play.
If one of your axles is broken, do not drive the car. It`s not safe. If you notice a bumping, clicking or grinding noise when going into turns, your axle isn`t broken yet, but it`s only a matter of time. It`s most likely a failing CV joint.
If a car has no front axles it can have no front CV joints in those axles. A RWD car has no front axles at all. Each front wheel hub rotates on a short fixed spindle attached to the steering and suspension.
On a high-mileage vehicle with a bad CV joint or boot, it`s often a good idea to replace both shafts at the same time. Often, the right (passenger side) shaft fails first because right turns are at a sharper angle than left turns, and right turns are more common than left turns.
All wheel drive cars have two axles, both with corresponding differentials.
CV axles have bearings that allow for a wide range of motion and angles to provide both power and turning abilities. CV axles differ from straight axles seen in rear-wheel-drive cars whose job is to simply transfer power to non-steering wheels.
A tri-axle vehicle is a truck, tractor, or trailer with three axles grouped together at the rear. Tri-axle vehicles are primarily used to haul heavy loads. The multiple axles and wheels allow for better weight displacement and stability. Dump trucks, tow trucks, and cement mixers usually have a tri-axle design.
The two most commonly used types of CV joints are the ball-type and tripod-type. In front-wheel drive vehicles, ball-type CV joints are used on the outer side of the drive shafts (outer CV joints), while the tripod-type CV joints are mostly used on the inner side (inner CV joints).
Typically, passenger cars and light trucks have two axles with four wheels (one pair in the front and one pair in the rear). However, some larger trucks and vans may have more than two axles, so you would need to count the number of pairs of wheels to determine the number of axles.
Over the years, there have been millions of 14 bolt axles produced. And, of course, they weren`t all the same. GM 14 bolt axles were available in semi-float and full-float versions, and there are two types of hubs found on 14 bolt axles. Also, two different types of drums were used.
: an axle that carries a road wheel but has no provision for driving it.
Four or More Axle Single-Unit Trucks—All trucks on a single frame with four or more axles. 8. Four or Fewer Axle Single-Trailer Trucks—All vehicles with four or fewer axles consisting of two units, one of which is a tractor or straight truck power unit.
Do CV Axles Need to Be Replaced in Pairs? No, you can replace just one axle if that is all you need. Some services like tire replacements can require you to install in pairs, but this is not the case for CV axles.
The Constant Velocity is sealed by a boot. This boot may get damaged, and when this happens, the joint will wear out and eventually fail. If you drive a car with a damaged CV, the joint will disintegrate further, making driving impossible. You`ll not be able to control the vehicle and may get involved in an accident.

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Can a leaky CV axle seal ruin a CV axle?
ANSWER : The oil leak itself may not necessarily ruin the CV axle, however if the oil leak progresses to a point where the CV joint lacks the proper amount of oil to sufficiently lubricate it, the lack of lubrication can cause it to fail due to the metal on metal contact on the inner working components. This generates an enormous amount of heat which can cause parts to seize. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to take a look at your leaking CV joint and repair it.

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I am having trouble finding a cv axle to fit in my 2002 Toyota Celica
ANSWER : Hello. You may have to put two different axles together to get them to fit, but the best thing to do would be to find out the size and spline of your hub and transmission and then determine what length the axles needs to be. Once these numbers are found then you can either compare numbers of custom order an axle. I would use the one that cam out as a reference and it it came out because it was too short you can get one that is longer. When a vehicle like this is modified it can be very difficult to find the correct replacement.

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CV axle
ANSWER : Hello. There are a few possible issues going on here. First thing is that when you reinstalled the axle, you may have damaged the speed sensor or you may have caused internal transmission damage. Hopefully this did not occur.

I would start with the fluid. When you pull this axle, you are only going to lose a couple of quarts of fluid at the most. If you added too much, then this can occur. You may want to drain the fluid by removing the pan and then refilling it properly. If that does not help, then the axle may have damaged the transmission so it will need to be removed and inspected. If you need to have this done, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to your home or office to inspect the suspension and shifting issue in order to have this corrected.

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I went to change the passenger side axle of my 2003 L300 3.0 and got the axle to find out the one in the car was not the same at
ANSWER : If you are not the original owner of the vehicle, it’s possible an engine or transmission swap was performed before you purchased the vehicle. Whether this is the case or not, have your parts source check listings for a couple of years before and after 2003 models to see if there is a difference. If for some reason that doesn’t work out, then you may have to rebuild the existing one. If your parts source cannot find the correct axle, ask them if they know of any local driveshaft rebuilders. I just tried a search for "driveshaft rebuilders" and a couple popped up in my area as well as several in other cities around the country.

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Need to replace front left CV axle, do I need to replace the CV boot as well?
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The damage done to the unit will dictate what exactly needs to be done. If the entire CV axle on one side or the other needs to be replaced, then the entire shaft is typically replaced at once, including the boots. If you need to replace part of the assembly, the boots are serviceable separately on a need be basis. In that case, you would need to know if you were replacing the inner (closest to the middle of the vehicle) or outer (closer to the tire) boot. Once you have made those determinations, corrective action can be taken. For more help with diagnostics or the repair, contact our service department to schedule an appointment.

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CV Axle failure.
ANSWER : Hello there, without knowing which parts the dealer determined to be faulty I can only offer general advice for your 2011 Dodge Ram 1500. The CV shaft, CV boots, and axle assembles are common repair items, any one of these or a combination could be faulty. A qualified Technician from YourMechanic will be able to inspect and replace your CV axles and come to you to perform the repair.

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I have a Mercury mystique 2000 4 cylinder the passenger CV axle has come off by tire was wondering if I have to replace axle or ca
ANSWER : The constant velocity joint and axle shaft should be locked together with a lock ring clip. If the axle came out and your were driving then the axle may have been damaged. You may also have damaged the joint. You may not be able to just stick it in without getting it to lock in place. You may need to replace entire axle.

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CV boot or full replacement of CV axle ?
ANSWER : This is a common sign of a failing CV joint. A CV (Constant Velocity) joint is a shaft that connects the transmission to the wheels, essentially transferring the power from the drive train directly to the wheels. The CV joint is packed with a special grease and sealed tight with the rubber or plastic boot, that is held in place with two clamps. The most common problem with the CV joints is when the protective boot cracks or gets damaged. Once this happens, the grease comes out and moisture and dirt get in, causing the CV joint to wear faster and eventually fail due to lack of lubrication and corrosion. When the CV joint becomes damaged or worn, you may hear a clicking or popping sound coming from this area. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your CV joints.

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