CV's Worn?

Kneale Brownson knotnook at
Wed Nov 20 14:29:47 EST 2002

I've had a couple of bad front CV joints on SLAABS and one 4kq back when I
was paying for all mechanical services.  Each time, the sounds produced
were clicks, not clunks.  I'd be looking at subframe bushings and/or
whatever it's called at the top of the shock absorber system.

At 10:35 AM 11/20/2002 -0800, Derek Pulvino wrote:
>Tie-rod ends are new as of about 30k miles ago.  Been hearing a clunk from
>that side for while, and just attrbiuted it to strut bearings.  So there is
>a clunk that happens when the wheel is turned while the car is stationary
>(I'm not too concerned with this one), and another series of clunks that
>occur when the car is moving with the wheels at full lock, again in either
>If this is the CV joints, I'd be suprised as well.  I've never replaced one,
>just boots, and like I said the boot is not even opened to the environment
>at this point.
>Derek P
>>I've had CV's (w/over 100K) tear their boots, then before they're making
>>noise I've replaced the boots/repacked w/grease, and have them soldier on
>>for thousands more quiet miles.  In fact, I don't _ever_ recall replacing a
>>CV after several hundred thousands of Audi miles.  However, tie rod ends
>>often wear out and make a "full lock clunk", but no noise when spinning the
>>wheels when the cars suspended.  If they're bad, don't pay more than $30
>>each from *AutoZone*; dealers want $93 here.
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