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Assuming this is a front wheel drive axle (aka halfshaft), the CV joint and boot are what fails. You will hear a crunching/snapping noise when accelerating especially on a curve and you may also see grease spinning out from a torn boot.

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Q: How would you know if they axle is bad on your car?
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