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BullyCanadian
06-28-2005, 10:03 PM
Im probably going to the gym, but I *think* my saturn needs it LEFT FRONT CV joint repaired/replaced (it makes a CLUNKING NOISE when turned to the right)

Is it safe to drive for a week (~roughly 300miles) or should I go to the mechanic immediately?

Ornery
06-28-2005, 10:11 PM
...roughly 300miles...

That's a bit too much.

hippy
06-28-2005, 10:12 PM
Sure it's safe... If it goes(breaks) you just will not be able to go anywhere... at least not in that car.;)

BullyCanadian
06-28-2005, 10:14 PM
Originally posted by: hippy
Sure it's safe... If it goes(breaks) you just will not be able to go anywhere... at least not in that car.;)

:S ok I wont drive it.

m2kewl
06-28-2005, 10:18 PM
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)

PHiuR
06-28-2005, 10:22 PM
i had a cv joint prob with my old mx-6 and i drove it with the sound for a couple weeks.

BullyCanadian
06-28-2005, 10:25 PM
Originally posted by: PHiuR
i had a cv joint prob with my old mx-6 and i drove it with the sound for a couple weeks.

Well Im thinking its the CV joint cause it only happens when my wheel is turned fully right. Hmm, any idea how I can check it myself? I'll jack the car up, just how to do check to make sure its that CV joint and not like a ball bearing or anything?

imported_SuperPickle
06-28-2005, 10:27 PM
Both of my CVs were going out on my first car. Well, one went to hell fast so I replaced it but the other clunked around a bit when I accellerated while turning. I never did replace that part and drove it for over 40K miles.

That said, I was retarded and lucky - driving on a bad joint is not a great idea, if for no other reason than you may be stranded somewhere with a car that's broken.

m2kewl
06-28-2005, 10:29 PM
Originally posted by: BullyCanadian
Well Im thinking its the CV joint cause it only happens when my wheel is turned fully right. Hmm, any idea how I can check it myself? I'll jack the car up, just how to do check to make sure its that CV joint and not like a ball bearing or anything?

use google? ;)

http://www.ehow.com/how_16426_check-constant-velocity.html
http://www.samarins.com/maintenance/simple.html

Stojakapimp
06-28-2005, 10:32 PM
I think it should be fine...I had a CV joint problem and drove all the way from Sacramento to San Diego (roughly 500 or 600 miles) before I got it fixed. But then again, that's just straight driving...not a whole lot of turns

hippy
06-28-2005, 10:44 PM
Well Im thinking its the CV joint cause it only happens when my wheel is turned fully right. Hmm, any idea how I can check it myself? I'll jack the car up, just how to do check to make sure its that CV joint and not like a ball bearing or anything?

Ball bearings don't CLUNK!

Ok, if you can swear to me that you know where your axles are and you can tell me how many CV- Joints and axles there are on the front of your car... I might be able to set you in the right direction. :)

Drakkon
06-28-2005, 10:47 PM
I had a CV joint making noise...checked with mechanic and said it would cost something like $200 to fix...well i said I'd wait till friday when paycheck came...well on thurs (i had only driven it a couple miles MAYBE) it completely broke and ended up trashing other parts in the car as well...total cost around $700...

in other words get it fixed NOW :P

jonnyGURU
06-28-2005, 10:51 PM
Originally posted by: m2kewl
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)


Actually, if a CV completely breaks, the car just stops moving forward. The differential in the transmission makes sure the other wheel doesn't keep spinning.

If a garage charged you more for a completely busted CV axle as opposed to one that was just "worn out" the only reason I can think of is that the axle was so trashed they couldn't use it as a core (about $75 to $100 typically.)

jonnyGURU
06-28-2005, 10:52 PM
Oh.. and if it does give it will scare the crap out of you because the car will rev way up until you take your foot off the gas. Sort of like someone just pushed the clutch all of the way in on you while you were accelerating (if the car was a stick, let's say.)

geno
06-28-2005, 10:52 PM
I drove around on a bad CV for about a month, I just took it easy on it until I could afford to buy the axle. Just because they're clicking doesn't mean they're going to break immediately. On the other hand, I've had a CV break clean apart on me with no warning while I was pulling into a driveway @ 2mph, sometimes the weirdest things can happen.

OrganizedChaos
06-28-2005, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by: jonnyGURU

Originally posted by: m2kewl
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)


Actually, if a CV completely breaks, the car just stops moving forward. The differential in the transmission makes sure the other wheel doesn't keep spinning.

If a garage charged you more for a completely busted CV axle as opposed to one that was just "worn out" the only reason I can think of is that the axle was so trashed they couldn't use it as a core (about $75 to $100 typically.)

if the joint seperates could the engine side flail around and bash things?

hippy
06-28-2005, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by: jonnyGURU

Originally posted by: m2kewl
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)


Actually, if a CV completely breaks, the car just stops moving forward. The differential in the transmission makes sure the other wheel doesn't keep spinning.

If a garage charged you more for a completely busted CV axle as opposed to one that was just "worn out" the only reason I can think of is that the axle was so trashed they couldn't use it as a core (about $75 to $100 typically.)

Actually Jonny, I have seen a few axles tear engine compartments to shreads when they break off from the outer joint shell at highway speeds.

Also, Replacing a joint alone is usually more expensive than replacing the the whole axle with a reman

geno
06-28-2005, 11:06 PM
Originally posted by: hippy

Originally posted by: jonnyGURU

Originally posted by: m2kewl
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)


Actually, if a CV completely breaks, the car just stops moving forward. The differential in the transmission makes sure the other wheel doesn't keep spinning.

If a garage charged you more for a completely busted CV axle as opposed to one that was just "worn out" the only reason I can think of is that the axle was so trashed they couldn't use it as a core (about $75 to $100 typically.)

Actually Jonny, I have seen a few axles tear engine compartments to shreads when they break off from the outer joint shell at highway speeds.

Also, Replacing a joint alone is usually more expensive than replacing the the whole axle with a reman



I once saw someone blow half of their transaxle apart, the axle broke right at the half shaft (intermediate shaft) and it became wedged between the frame and the motor, it acted like a lever and popped half of the tranny apart :) This was an aggressive launch at a dragstrip, not your average driving ;)

PolarNorth
06-29-2005, 12:00 AM
I wouldn't worry. I drove on a bad passenger side axle for over a year and a half (15k miles) and just replaced it last weekend on a whim (didn't get much worse other than a little more noise). The main culprit is going to be just how much grease can be kept inside and how much dirt and dryness is going to wear it out.

Highway driving on a rainy day is a sure way to dry it out as I found out on the driver's side axel. That went 'out' a few days after a heavy shower, and the whole axel starting siezing up. Forturnatly for me, my dealership happend to be on the next exit and it was able to hobble its way there.

Accipiter22
06-29-2005, 12:03 AM
if it's making a noise when the wheel's turned all the way to the left or right it's not neccesarily the cv joint....unless I'm misreading what you're saying

Pepsi90919
06-29-2005, 12:04 AM
Originally posted by: Accipiter22
if it's making a noise when the wheel's turned all the way to the left or right it's not neccesarily the cv joint....unless I'm misreading what you're saying

uh, why not?

JustinGoodie
06-29-2005, 12:29 AM
Originally posted by: Pepsi90919

Originally posted by: Accipiter22
if it's making a noise when the wheel's turned all the way to the left or right it's not neccesarily the cv joint....unless I'm misreading what you're saying

uh, why not?

If it's only when the wheels are turned all the way to one side, it could also be the lower ball joint (i've recently had to replace the ball joint and CV's on my car, but in a random order)

side note: about 2 months ago, after i had been driving around with the CV clicking for about 2 months, I had planned and made arrangements to take my car in for the CV, I turned out of my driveway and made it about 100 feet before the CV finally went, and fortunately i wasn't going very fast and it just clicked a whole hell of a lot more, and the car wouldn't move. The worst part about it was that the place i was taking it is less than a mile away, and i had to get a tow truck to get my car there. but luckily my mom has AAA so the tow was free. but the 2 hours i spent waiting around for the tow when i had to get to class sucked.

Subbaculcha
06-29-2005, 12:30 AM
Bad cv joints usually click during turning not clunk, but could still be bad. Look at the cv boot, if it's cracked and grease flung all over it's probably bad or going to be. If the boot is sound, it's probably fine. Emphasis on probably.
Most cv joints die of lost grease and dirt from boot rupture.

Rastus
06-29-2005, 12:35 AM
Originally posted by: Subbaculcha
Bad cv joints usually click during turning not clunk, but could still be bad. Look at the cv boot, if it's cracked and grease flung all over it's probably bad or going to be. If the boot is sound, it's probably fine. Emphasis on probably.
Most cv joints die of lost grease and dirt from boot rupture.
True.

Also, when a CV goes bad, it could cause fluid leakage from your transmission too.

BullyCanadian
06-29-2005, 12:59 AM
Originally posted by: Accipiter22
if it's making a noise when the wheel's turned all the way to the left or right it's not neccesarily the cv joint....unless I'm misreading what you're saying

ya it basically ONLY Makes the noise when its turn all the way to the right only... maybe it would be easier if I just took it to the mechanic

jonnyGURU
06-29-2005, 07:10 AM
Originally posted by: hippy

Originally posted by: jonnyGURU

Originally posted by: m2kewl
if you're going fast, and it happens you might be in a world of hurt ;)


Actually, if a CV completely breaks, the car just stops moving forward. The differential in the transmission makes sure the other wheel doesn't keep spinning.

If a garage charged you more for a completely busted CV axle as opposed to one that was just "worn out" the only reason I can think of is that the axle was so trashed they couldn't use it as a core (about $75 to $100 typically.)

Actually Jonny, I have seen a few axles tear engine compartments to shreads when they break off from the outer joint shell at highway speeds.

Also, Replacing a joint alone is usually more expensive than replacing the the whole axle with a reman





Yeah. Certainlyu anything physically exploding into pieces isn't good for surrounding components.

I was going off of my own personal experiences, where the cages that hold the bearings are shattered away into nothing, not a ball bearing to be found, and the diff just spins and spins and spins. ;)

But I do agree... If things got so bad that the axle actually broke, or became seperated from the flange, that could be bad.

0roo0roo
06-29-2005, 08:22 AM
well the cartalk guys would probably tell u to get it fixed asap.. cv stuff comes up pretty often