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My two Cardone 60-7355 reman axles (with OEM cups etc.) are showing vibration at 65-75 MPH, although they did cure the idle vibration. I've just decided to drop the cash on new axles, at $330 a side from my local dealer.

I'm going through the car to get it sorted for the next 5-6 years, so it's not the biggest part of the costs (headgaskets...). Guess I'll try and return the Cardones, but I bought them over a month ago.
An update: I had new tires fitted today, and the vibration has gone, still with the Cardone axles fitted.

Either I lost a wheel weight sometime around when I did the work, a wheel wasn't on quite straight, or maybe the slide pins on my brakes started to stick after I compressed them to remove the brakes to replace the steering knuckles with unremovable pinch bolts.

The car doesn't get driven on highways much (nearest is 15 minutes away), so it might have fixed itself any time in the last couple of weeks.
 

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An update: I had new tires fitted today, and the vibration has gone, still with the Cardone axles fitted.

Either I lost a wheel weight sometime around when I did the work, a wheel wasn't on quite straight, or maybe the slide pins on my brakes started to stick after I compressed them to remove the brakes to replace the steering knuckles with unremovable pinch bolts.

The car doesn't get driven on highways much (nearest is 15 minutes away), so it might have fixed itself any time in the last couple of weeks.
Ok, so I drove it again tonight on a much smoother piece of highway, and I was overly optimistic yesterday.

The vibration is reduced by the new tires and balancing, but it's still there between 65 and 80mph. It's ok for short highway trips, but I wouldn't want to drive an hour or so at >65.

Guess that means I don't have to pay the restocking fee for the OEM axles...
 

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Finally getting round to swapping out the Cardone 60-7355 reman OEM axles for new OEM. Done the passenger side so far.

This side was leaking from the diff seal. Measuring the Cardone axle I just took off that side, the sealing surface there is under size by about 0.2 mm diameter, and has clearly been turned down. Which would explain why it won't seal perfectly (seal replaced 600 miles ago looks fine).
 

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Measuring against two new OEM axles, the leaking reman axle is 0.23mm under size, at 34.74 mm, while the non-leaking reman axle is 0.10 mm under size at 34.87mm. both new axles are 34.97 mm (on my calipers). the leaking axle also has significantly more axial play than the non-leaking reman, and both have more play than the new OEM axles.
 

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The vibration I was getting after changing to both the reman and new OEM axles turned out to be a sticking right front brake.

I think the new OEM axle has stopped the diff leak.
 

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Well I'll be damned. My '05 had all of the typical symptoms listed above. Crazy vibration while in drive, even worse with the a/c on, vibration when accelerating on the highway, and for good measure the right side outer cv joint was clicking in tight turns. Inspection revealed that PO did indeed have aftermarket axles installed, a long time ago from the looks of it.

I bought a pair of used OEM axles from a local junkyard for $25 each. The inner boots were starting to show some cracking/dry rotting so I decided reboot them with Beck Arnley boots, re-using the original clamps. The job was pretty easy, just very messy.

I just got done with my first test drive after installing them and I'm amazed at the difference. I feel nothing now. Drive, reverse, a/c on or off, doesn't matter. It idles like a Lexus. Never in a million years would I have thought axles could cause a vibration like this.
 

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I looked at many posts but not all & it appears that all participants are Gen 3 or earlier. Does anyone know, as a Gen 5 owner (2019), is the after market axle vibration problem no longer an issue for newer models?
 

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I had the dealer replace front left axle with a re manufactured one...one sfter the other went bad until the fifth time...maybe it was the fourth...I lost track...they told me they put an OEM. back in. Hopefully that will be it. It’s been jut over a year and no probs with it yet. When it started to go it vibrated like the bugger.

l’ve never had to replace axles on any other car we’ve owned
 
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