pjrose at frontiernet.net
Tue Jul 17 11:53:01 EDT 2001
At 9:30 PM -0800 7/16/01, Bernie Benz wrote:
>I must assume that you are referring to the front CV joint on the central
>drive shaft, inasmuch as this is the only drive component subject to serious
>unshielded exhaust system heat. You are right, the radiant heat from the
>exhaust system shortens the life of the lubricant in this CV joint. If
>caught early in the normal CV joint inpending failure warning, clicking and
>clacking, it can usually be salvaged by the r&r cleaning and relubing process.
Bernie describes the early audible signs as "clicking and clacking".
Chris tells me he heard a "clanging". Both kinds of noise fail to
describe my car's driveline noise, which I'd characterize as a
low-level, metallic scraping (or rubbing) sound that's heard only
while coasting (off-throttle, in most gears but not 5th).
I've been thinking it may front differential-related, but the
location of the sound is difficult to pinpoint. So, I wonder if it
could be coming from the center CV-joint bearing that is being
discussed here. I suppose I could just try the "r&r cleaning and
relubing process" Bernie suggests. Anything especially difficult
involved in this? Is it just a matter of pulling back a rubber boot
and packing in more lube, or...?
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