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could it be CV\'s?

Heres the deal... when I drive down the road it sounds like the tires are out of balance, but doesn't feel like it...i.e. it sounds like there is something stuck in the tread...but there is nothing there and the tires are not bubbled.

When I back up SOMETIMES you here a "clack clack clack" sometimes it does this...Now my car is loud and with the rear gutted everything is kinda noisy and its hard to hear noises on the road. So I assume its the CV joints, but I only have 55k on the car.

I have checked all the brakes/calipers etc...and everything seems to be good there...the front wheel bearings are less than a month old so its not that.
If it is the CV's how long do I have before I HAVE to fix it?
What do yall think it is?
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

its your cv most likely,,,,how long it will last is hard to say,,,,sometimes ull get lucky and get a few thousand miles out of them,,,,other times youll be lucky to get out the driveway,,,,id say take a few hours, go to autozone and spend the money to fix it asap...with the core charge for the old one i dont think u should be spending more than 150
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

It does sound like the CV joints, but 55k is pretty young for those to go.... I thought they typically started to go after say 85k? Is it more of a vibration or noise? Felt in the steering wheel or floorpan? What does it sound like? How does it change when you gently swerve from side to side? How about in gear versus out of gear? IF the wheel bearings were not replaced properly they very easily could have failed so soon, don't immediately discount that diagnosis. But wheel bearings have more of a roaring noise and make the front end feel loose and generate more noise when you gently swerve side to side than when driving straight ahead.
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

if it turns out to be your cv joints...try napa they got remaned cv axles for 55 bucks plus a 70 dollar core charge...thats an unbelivable price
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

The symptom is a sound...no vibration and it does it always...in or out of gear.

I KNOW its not the front wheel bearings. Trust me on that...I know plenty about cars and have been workin on them for a long time. I just wanted ya'lls opinion and I appreciate the help. But yea...it does it always even when turning left or right. No grinding sound like a wheel bearing etc.
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

Usually CV joints will only make noise while accelerating and turning. This puts the most amount of torque into them and that is when they get their play, which is the click. If it happens even while in neutral, it's prolly not the CV joints. I would check the wheel bearings and make 100% sure they are pressed in all the way, check the axle shafts hubs in the front wheel and make sure there is no play in there, check sway bar end links, check for tire rub, check for something wrapped around an axleshaft, check the axle shaft support bearing on the passenger side axle......

As You can tell, there are alot of things to cause noises while driving. Even the struts, or the strut bearings could make noises.
 

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Re: could it be CV\'s?

it sounds like the same problem i was having with my escort,,,,but i totally trashed the cv's,,,to the point it hardly wanted to move,,,,but your still still moving,,,id still crawl under your car and check for play in your cv's,,,i may be wrong,,,but at least youll know for sure
 
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