Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Camry, Solara, Prius, Venza, Avalon, Rav4, Highlander and Sienna. These are all Toyota models that have front wheel drive.

Any front wheel drive car can have long-term problems with the drive axle and consequent CV joints. A drive axle and CV joint repair or replacement can cost the owner upwards of $500 and leave you without a car until they’re fixed. An extended vehicle protection plan for your Toyota can help with repair costs and the shock of a failed drive axle.

A drive axle is what powers the wheels from the engine of the car. The engine’s combustion transfers vertically from the engine to the axle. When the axle receives this power it drives the wheels to move down the road. In front wheel drive cars, the drive axle moves the two front tires. A constant velocity (CV) joint is part of the drive axle and controls how the drive axle bends and moves while the car goes over bumps or uneven pavement.

To avoid drive axle and CV joint repairs, make sure the CV boot is not damaged. If dirt gets into the CV joint, damage will occur. Also, check oil levels and be sure to fill correctly, and when needed.

If you do need a drive axle or CV joint replacement, having a Toyota warranty can usually help with this unexpected cost. Toyota’s are known for their excellent reliability, but like all older cars, some Toyota’s need some love from the mechanic. Check out a Toyota warranty from CARCHEX today and see how you can save money with an extended auto warranty.