CV's Worn?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Nov 20 12:30:39 EST 2002


Sounds like the strut top thrust bearings are dry, such that they do not
turn freely until sufficient suspension spring wind up torque is developed
to cause the bearing to brake loose and release this spring torque with a
"thunk".  You must remove and disassemble the strut to get at this bearing,
but it does not need replacing, just cleaning and relubing.  See my Wheel
Bearing Postmortem posting of 11/01.


> From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
> Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 10:35:05 -0800
> To: Dale at, 200q20v at
> Subject: Re: CV's Worn?
> 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
> direction.
> 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

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