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So, how do you know if you've got a bad CV Joint?
Posted 05 September 2001 - 05:37 PM
On a test drive he said he thought it sounded like the front differential. Then, later, while the car was on the lift he showed me that when he grabbed on to the drivers side CV Joint and it did have some play (the passenger side was rock solid). He said the bearings supporting the axle were bad. His advice was that the entire transmission be replaced because of the high milage on the car.
So anyway, having bought the "new" transmission and having seen the actual setup without the CV Joints attached it now seems improbable that those bearings would go bad...the axles are just too short...
It nails me after driving 8 hours and spending $$$ for a replacement that since he was cranking on the CV, it's entirely possible that all the play came from that...yeah?
What would be the indications of a bad CV Joint? I don't want to spend the money to put this thing in only to still have the same problem. What's more, I want to try and get my money back for this tranny (if I don't need it.)
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:03 PM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:32 PM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:34 PM
Inner CV's will 'pop' or 'click' (usally several times) when you take off or are coming to a stop. Outer CV's will 'pop' or 'click' (again usally several times) when you take tight turns.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:36 PM
Just an ever present hum/buzz...
Posted 05 September 2001 - 06:52 PM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 07:04 PM
Fluid's fine. (Just had a transmission service.) And the buzzing is all the time, predominately when the driver's side is experiencing a load (ie, turning right or driving while the road slopes [is graded] to the left.)
Okay, well, I feel better now.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 07:24 PM
Definatly a clicking when acceleraiting or tight turns while acceleraiting, not a "thud when stopping"
Put the fuse in that dissables the AWD and see if your noise goes away. Or did you already replace the trans & the problem is fixed? A little fuzzy on the details.
Posted 05 September 2001 - 07:42 PM
Posted 05 September 2001 - 09:07 PM
They make a click click noise when they are starting to go bad, and they usually make the noise when you turn. However if they are jsut starting to, you won't notice it.
Here's how to test it. You need to be at a stop sign turning left or right onto a road, and just floor it and crank the wheel, the turning and extra load put on by wanting to accel very fast will bring any clicking if the joint is starting to go.
I would suggest doing this a couple times, and remember to turn both ways, left and right.
Posted 06 September 2001 - 05:06 AM
You will do better with one buddy in the passengers seat also listening, and another (if you have that many ) standing in the centre of the circle listening too.
Posted 06 September 2001 - 05:57 AM
Posted 06 September 2001 - 09:56 AM
Posted 06 September 2001 - 07:35 PM
Let me rephrase how I would go about diagnosing.
Do subyroo's way, slowly in a circle wheel cranked all the way. If you hear the click then yah they are needing attention...ie replacement.
If you hear nothing when going slowly, try my way, you don't have to floor it, just take off with some umph, and that should be enough to notice it.
Mine only did it under load, and I swore I was hearing things, but couldn't reproduce it using the above mentioned slow turning with wheel cranked. I finally figured it only did it when I turned a corner from dead stop while accelerating. Even if they only do it under load, you will need to eventually replace them. As to when is sorta up to you, you could drive them and run 'em dead, they could last for years, or a couple months. It's sorta a crap shoot.
Posted 07 September 2001 - 08:14 AM
/me throws the dice
Posted 07 September 2001 - 09:17 AM
too bad PaganQWA, next player :evil:
Posted 07 September 2001 - 11:14 AM
Posted 12 October 2004 - 11:38 PM
Your CV's are bad if you can tell there is something wrong while you're driving, and it's not your alignment or your tires.
Your CV's are bad because the boots have cracked/broken/spontanesouly combusted and let the grease fly everywhere
they fall out
So, if they look ok, and you can't tell from your driving, most likely they're fine. With how much I'm sure you paid the dealer for the tranny, and it sounds like you're installing it yourself, why not just spend another $150 for new CV's? Isn't your objective in all this to make the car work better? If you wanted to save money, you shouldn't maintain your car. Hell, you shouldn't drive.
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