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#1 ckappler

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 02:54 PM

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So I had my mechanic do the front passenger cv axle because I had no time. It definately needed to be done but now my mechanic is telling me that the clicking noise is actually the transfer case or more so the differential in the front. I have yet to check it out but I was wondering if anyone has any comments/thoughts/advice. As I said, I do not know what he is talking about yet but I want to know if it is safe to drive or if it need to be fixed what I am looking at. I know the 4wd works fine so I am not sure what the deal is. Any thoughts are greatly appriciated.
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#2 MorganM

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 04:01 PM

Sure it's not just the other axle clicking now? Could be an inner DOJ clicking which is right nexto the transaxle and could be mistaken for a transaxle.

It's safe to drive. Not like it's going to blow up or anything. If the tranny goes then it goes; I'd wait till that happend before replacing it. Or I'd be VERY VERY sure it was the tranny. Wouldnt even suspect it untill both axles were eliminated as the cause.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:36 PM

Ok. Picked up the car and I thought he was saying a little click when turning. NOT the case. Now as soon as you put it in gear and drive it clicks like something is hitting or something. I have to give him the benefit of the doubt as, we all know that when you take something apart is when other things start happening. It just seams strange. He said there is a problem with the diferential. It drives fine but just does not sound right. It clicks like mad even driving straight and just seems like it must be something! It also is making the same sound as before when turning. I have not clue. Let me know what you think.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:57 PM

Did it make this noise before he messed with it?

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 06:59 PM

Nope. It started after the axle was replaced.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:01 PM

Nope. It started after the axle was replaced.


Primary suspect right there. Whenever something messes up on my Subaru I always start where I last touched it.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:03 PM

But what would do that?



Primary suspect right there. Whenever something messes up on my Subaru I always start where I last touched it.



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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:48 PM

wrong or bad axle?!?! where did he get the axle from?

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:56 PM

I had to tell him what axle to get based on what people told me here. Made him count the splines and all!

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 07:59 PM

Still if its a reman or used axle they can still be bad directly from where you get them. did he install the wrong axle and start stripping the hub??

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 08:16 PM

Oh.. yes... I can possibly give some input...

Changed a front C.V. joint out... sure enough, fresh out of the box, clunk, clunk, clunk... the new C.V. joint was bad.

I can't imagine that the transfer case all of a sudden would make that noise... could happen... but... possibly bearings were ready to go and now making noise?
or as lower post, possibly other side making noise?

My guess would be bad / new drive axel, although convincing mechanic may be a problem....

My .02 cents.

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 08:42 PM

Not a clue. Not sure what to do but I am bringing it back tomorrow and telling him to fix it!

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 10:14 PM

Do not let him tear into the trans. R & R the new axle. Remanned axles are subject to failure right out of the box. The reason being is the rebuilders use parts that are out of tolerance. They also do not put them back together correctly. Usually leave the retainer clip out of the DOJ.

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 08:59 AM

Well I brought the car back in this morning and asked him to repack and put the old axle back in and see if this eliminates the problem. If so I will be watching the shop get smaller and smaller in my new passenger side mirror! (thanks Jeff) Anyway, I hope it is the last time I have to deal with them and I hope he did not screw anything up big time!

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Posted 13 October 2005 - 10:54 AM

I always thought that a cv would only make that noise while turning!?? Not while going straight. Is that not the case?




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