Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 16

Thread: So what does a bad CV sound like?

  1. #1
    Regular Contributor
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    275

    Default So what does a bad CV sound like?

    My car has started to make a weird sort of popping/clicking noise from the front driver side when I turn it at slow speeds even at a dead stop. Then if i accelerated some what hard theres a definite pop from the left front. My guess is the CV joint is bad or blown but I would like some opinions or maybe what to check for. It's an 06 STI. Thanks

  2. #2
    Senior Dirty Member me_jimmy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    köping sweden
    Posts
    1,057

    Default

    crawl under the car and check for gook on or around all 8 of the CV joints.

    example pic from the dirty RS

    Volvo V40 T4

  3. #3

    Default

    Classic way to diagnose a busted CV is to drive in slow speed full-lock circles (parking lot, cul-de-sac etc). If you hear the popping/clicking, then yes, it's gone. As Jimmy says, a blown boot would let the grease out, causing a giant mess and speeding up the demise of the joint.
    Phil

    '03 Evo VIII : '90 Corrado G60 : '05 Legacy GT wagon : '11 Fiesta hatch : '77 Capri 2.8

    Maximum attack!


    Keep up with rallycross in SoCal and NorCal...

    Facebook: California Rallycross || Twitter: @CalifRallyX || YouTube channel: CaliforniaRallycross

  4. #4
    Senior Dirty Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    1,271

    Default

    click click click click clickclickclickclickclick

  5. #5
    Dirty Member ZED E85's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    California City, CA
    Posts
    974

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy Gun Rally View Post
    click click click click clickclickclickclickclick
    and then when it breaks it sounds like a handfull of bolts in a blender...the one time I had one go I thought I blew up my tranmission

  6. #6
    Registered Member LanceDa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Grand Rapids
    Posts
    107

    Default

    does the clunking sound happen right when you get in the car for the first time of the day, or does it happen once you have been driving around and the cars is warmed up?

    -Lance

  7. #7
    Registered Member LanceDa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Grand Rapids
    Posts
    107

    Default

    try reading this.

    http://www.subaruforester.org/vbulle...ce-them-46979/

    I know it is on a forester board, but I think it might relate to you.

    -Lance

  8. #8
    Forum Moderator
    Authorized Vendor
    UP2MTNS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Campbell, CA
    Posts
    6,328

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by LanceDa View Post
    does the clunking sound happen right when you get in the car for the first time of the day, or does it happen once you have been driving around and the cars is warmed up?

    -Lance
    could be intermittent , could be constant...depends on how much grease is still in there. either way, this sounds like your issue.

    DON'T buy a new axle from the dealership, I just got a new one (not re-man....no core charge) from www.autopartswarehouse.com for $65. look at the FEQ brand.

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by UP2MTNS View Post
    DON'T buy a new axle from the dealership, I just got a new one (not re-man....no core charge) from www.autopartswarehouse.com for $65. look at the FEQ brand.
    Know where I can an axle for the Legacy (2005 GT Ltd)? Nobody seems to sell remanufactured ones, it's crazy.
    Phil

    '03 Evo VIII : '90 Corrado G60 : '05 Legacy GT wagon : '11 Fiesta hatch : '77 Capri 2.8

    Maximum attack!


    Keep up with rallycross in SoCal and NorCal...

    Facebook: California Rallycross || Twitter: @CalifRallyX || YouTube channel: CaliforniaRallycross

  10. #10
    Regular Contributor
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    275

    Default

    Thanks for all the help it's mainly when i get in it for the first time but then it happens when im corning sharp at slow speeds. Looks like I will be getting a new axle soon

  11. #11
    Regular Contributor
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    275

    Default

    Ok second question what happens if it completely fails lets say when im driving on the freeway. will it hurt anything else?

  12. #12
    Registered Member d'cheat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Reno Nevada
    Posts
    116

    Default

    When they die, the axle shaft itself is mainly kept in place by the cv cup. You'll loose all power to that wheel, the grease boot will tear and the big all ball bearings will go flying out.
    If this happens, Stop the car IMMEDIATELY! No, the axle wont go whipping around taking out vital components, but you will fry your ring and pinion and spider gears "or your limited slip diff if so equipped" at highway speeds. Or worse, the sudden transfer of torque to the now free spinning axle could blow up your center diff.

  13. #13

    Default

    For an STi its probably a different story, but for older Imprezas i makes more financial sense to search the big forums for used axles that people are selling from parted out cars, rather then trying to repair the boot / CV.

    I found 2 axles for an 00-01 RS on RS25.com for $60 shipped.

    And yeah the sound shouldnt matter if the car is warmed up or not. its goes: *Clickity-Clickity-Clickity-Clickity-Clickity* as you turn.

  14. #14
    Regular Contributor
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    275

    Default

    Ya there is a guy parting out an 05 and he is selling the axles for $20 each I just hope he has them when i get back in to town next week.

  15. #15
    Regular Contributor Jordanh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    alexandria, mn
    Posts
    419

    Default

    on my old honda it sounded like a machine gun when i turned in either direction. i neglected it for so long that when i finally changed them, my cv's had no ball bearings left in them

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •