CV's Worn?

Mike Sylvester mike.sylvester at
Thu Nov 21 10:52:42 EST 2002

IME, clicking of the CV indicates wear in the joint and application of
additional grease is a waste of time.  If it were the case that the grease
dried up causing the joint to wear out, adding more grease does not fix the
grooves in the race.   If you take the joint apart you can visually see of
it is worn.  You will see wear grooves or pits in the outer race. It may
extend the life of the joint, however there will always be the possibility
that one of the wear grooves can catch a ball just right and brake the inner
race.  I'm sure someone ( read as Bernie) will relate how they have
re-greased a clicking cv and ran it for another 100k, but it doesn't seem
worth it to me.

Mike Sylvester

----- Original Message -----
From: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at>
To: "Derek Pulvino" <dbpulvino at>
Cc: "200q20V mailing list" <200q20v at>
Sent: Wednesday, November 20, 2002 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: CV's Worn?

> 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
> problem IMO.  If, as you say the boot is good, I'd first try just
> it back" and adding lube to the joint as a first, possibly saving step,
> prior to disassembly.
> Bernie
> > 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
> > 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
> > boots not perfect but not opened.
> >
> > So, in summary there are two noises, one which concerns me more.  That
> > 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
> >> turn freely until sufficient suspension spring wind up torque is
> >> to cause the bearing to brake loose and release this spring torque with
> >> "thunk".  You must remove and disassemble the strut to get at this
> >> but it does not need replacing, just cleaning and relubing.  See my
> >> Bearing Postmortem posting of 11/01.
> >>
> >> Bernie
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