Melanie Reiff
Updated on Aug 11, 2022
A mechanic can identify damage and replace a faulty axle shaft seal—a barrier that keeps lubricant from leaking from your axle and into other components.
To function properly, the axles of your vehicle require lubricant. A shaft seal keeps this lubricant in the right place. If broken, leaking fluid can damage other parts of your car—like the transmission or differential.
To prevent any further damage in case of a rupture, the car insurance super app Jerry has compiled all the information you need about axle shaft seal replacements.
The exact cost varies between different Kia models. For example, newer vehicle models are usually made with more expensive materials, so recent or high-end models will cost more, especially if your service requires a part replacement. Use the table below to estimate the cost for your own vehicle.
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1995
Kia 
Sephia
$60$0$60$601h
2015
Kia 
Forte Koup
$60$0$60$601h
2016
Kia 
Sorento
$60$0$60$601h
2014
$60$0$60$601h
2004
$60$0$60$601h
2017
$60$0$60$601h

What is an axle shaft seal replacement?

During an axle shaft replacement, a mechanic will have to remove each tire of your vehicle to inspect for damage. It’s a long process—and it can have expensive consequences, such as damage to adjacent components.
Replacing an axle shaft seal is a service that should never be ignored. Even a small leak could mean big trouble for the most important parts of your vehicle.

How to replace an axle shaft seal

The initial step of any axle shaft seal replacement is to investigate both the seal and the damage. To do this, a mechanic will usually lift your vehicle using jack stands and remove all four wheels. The next steps are as follows:
  • Remove the front and rear brake calipers and brackets
  • Remove the front axle
  • Replace the faulty seal with a new one
  • Add a new differential gasket
  • Refill the axles with fluid
  • Reinstall the tires
  • Remove the vehicle from the jack stand
  • Pump the brakes
  • Conduct a road test to confirm proper operation
If the axle shaft seal has damaged other areas, the process will become a little messier. The mechanic may ask you to leave your car at the shop while they order new parts or investigate what needs repair and replacement.

When do I need to replace my axle shaft seal?

It’s often hard to tell when an axle shaft seal needs replacement, but being diligent can ensure the other precious parts of your engine and driveshaft are safe from possible leaks.
Here are some common symptoms of a compromised axle shaft seal:
  • Fluid leaking from the front wheels of your vehicle
  • Low transmission fluid
  • Differential fluid is low

How to find cheap car insurance

It can be difficult to know you need to replace a vehicle’s shaft seal, but it can also be difficult to wade through the countless options you have to insure your vehicle. Luckily, Jerry can help.
Jerry is the super app that helps you save money on your car expenses, including insurance. Jerry compares rates from 50+ insurers, finalizes your new policy once you find a rate you like, and even helps you cancel your old coverage.
You get all the savings without any of the hassles, and the average Jerry user saves $879 a year!
Keep in mind that your location is another factor that determines the final cost of repairs. Areas with higher cost of living will usually have more expensive car repair services, especially if there’s less local competition. Check out the table below for an estimate of what Kia drivers pay in different cities.
CityCarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
2000
$117.54$0$117.54$117.541h
Dublin
PA
2008
Kia 
Rio5
$104.33$0$104.33$104.331h
2022
$127.98$0$127.98$127.981h
2014
$126.29$0$126.29$126.291h
2015
Kia 
Forte5
$130.95$0$130.95$130.951h
2014
Kia 
Cadenza
$106.1$0$106.1$106.11h
2014
$119.11$0$119.11$119.111h
2018
Kia 
Niro
$114.92$0$114.92$114.921h
2008
Kia 
Spectra
$115.44$0$115.44$115.441h
2009
Kia 
Borrego
$122.79$0$122.79$122.791h
Jerry doesn’t just offer fair price repair estimates for Kia drivers! Our team of writers has collected everything you need to know for every car. Here’s how much the repair costs for some popular cars:
CarTotal Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostAverage Dealer PriceEstimated Service Duration
1968
Chevrolet 
C20 Suburban
$60$0$60$601h
2004
Honda 
Accord
$60$0$60$601h
1972
Ford 
Galaxie 500
$60$0$60$601h
2005
$60$0$60$601h
1977
Pontiac 
Ventura
$60$0$60$601h
2009
BMW 
535i xDrive
$60$0$60$601h
The cost of repairs might vary depending on which Kia you drive, but there’s an easy way to save money for the services you need! Just download the Jerry app for help lowering your insurance premiums. In less than 45 seconds, Jerry collects all of your information from your existing insurer. Choose from competitive quotes from top insurance companies and Jerry takes care of the rest—securing your new policy and helping you cancel your old one upon request.
With an average annual savings of $887, Jerry can help you free up funds for the repairs your Kia’s needs.