CV's Worn?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Nov 20 14:49:43 EST 2002

Derek,  Re: CVs, If you are hearing a "series of clicks", i.e. continuous
clicking at large steering angles and it is speed dependant, points to a CV
problem IMO.  If, as you say the boot is good, I'd first try just "skinning
it back" and adding lube to the joint as a first, possibly saving step,
prior to disassembly.


> From: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
> Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 14:03:51 -0800
> To: b.benz at
> Cc: 200q20v at
> Subject: Re: CV's Worn?
> Bernie,
> I agree with the strut bearing assessment.  And I think I need to clarify
> something...
> "and another series of clunks that occur when the car is moving with the
> wheels at full lock, again in either direction."
> Probably more accurately "clicks."  I've heard CV joints going bad, and
> that's what the sound is reminescent of, but the reason I ask is anytime
> I've heard bad CV's, the boots have been torn.  And again, not my situation;
> boots not perfect but not opened.
> So, in summary there are two noises, one which concerns me more.  That damn
> clicking!
> Oh, and thrust bearings are only about 40k old.
> Derek P
>>> Derek,
>> 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.
>> Bernie

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