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Old 06-28-2013, 07:38 PM   #1
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Just when I got my ac elec problem fixed, I hear a rickety rackety when going over bumps. I thought is was brakes/calipers, but inspected the front end, pushed/turned stuff here and there, and the only slop I see and hear is the driv side CV joint.

I held the outer wheel hub (by the threaded wheel studs), slowly/gently methodicall turned the hub back/forth, and I heard the click-click as the inner joint apparently clanged against the outer- there was about 1.5mm of play. yes, I measured it!! Is this a bad enough joint with that play?

The pass side- no play at all! Tight! Oh- the "bad" driv side- the rubber boot was torn about 10 yrs ago at which time, I installed one of those split cr** boots. The grease slops out upon the first ride to work. All over the inside wheel well. This should be a hint, right?

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It could work fine for years. If it bugs you, replace it. Until it snaps every five feet it's no big deal.

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I dont want to replace it just cuz it may annoy me, but if ignoring it can cause other irreperable harm, like say, wear on another part. As long as it doeant have a tendancy to cause other wear, yes, I wont worry about it. Thats the big question.
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Most people don't even know they are bad until they get their tires or brakes done so they run for a good while before going catastrophically bad.

I have seen the carnage when they grenade and it isn't pretty.

They aren't expensive and depending on the vehicle, you can do them in about an hour so if you have the tools and the time, I would do it.
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Hardest part will be getting the hub nut off. Impact wrench helps a lot.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:15 AM   #6
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The wife's minivan just came back from the dealer after having both CV joints and the short shaft replaced....Honda Odyssey...2007.....less than 67K miles.....I'm not a big fan of extended warranties....but I bought it in this case and it's paid off....it also included a rental car for the 3 days they had it in for repair....

More direct on topic....the CV joint issue was only minor clicking when turning...but the big problem was the shimmy at speeds between 30-55....it was actually getting scary....I thought something else was wrong.
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I am not any auto mechanic, and don't know your car, but many years ago my wife's FWD developed a bad CV.

Dealer wanted $1500.

Bought two new axel assembly's from Auto Zone (after market) for $250, and got on the internet for instructions/tips (Haynes does not make Lexus manuals), and job took me maybe 4 hours total.... surprizingly easy... and I'm slow.

My symptoms were the same as Dawgs, with pronounced clicking when sharp turning at slow speed and a shimmy at moderate speed.Plus I could see the broken boot.

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with pronounced clicking when sharp turning at slow speed and a shimmy at moderate speed.
All you had to do was avoid slow and moderate speeds.
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Thaks, people. Geez- are you sure this will take , one post above- an hour? No way. To do it right,. take your time, I think a half day. Still, thats not a big problem. I have a shop manual and Haynes (believe it or not, sometimes the haynes is BETTER than the shop manual- it has pictures!!)

I might do it. Time to price a cv joint on ebay......or rock auto.
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Thaks, people. Geez- are you sure this will take , one post above- an hour? No way. To do it right,. take your time, I think a half day. Still, thats not a big problem. I have a shop manual and Haynes (believe it or not, sometimes the haynes is BETTER than the shop manual- it has pictures!!)

I might do it. Time to price a cv joint on ebay......or rock auto.

If you have done them before, they don't take that long.

Need a good sized prybar, suspension fork, impact wrench and large hub socket.

I have seen guys do then in 15 minutes in a garage and I have personally done them in 30 minutes off of pump jacks.
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Hub nut is a bastard. 32 or 34 mm. It will NOT want to come off a 25+ year old car. Popping the half axle off is easy. Even a big screw driver will do it. Very diy.
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Hub nut is a bastard. 32 or 34 mm. It will NOT want to come off a 25+ year old car. Popping the half axle off is easy. Even a big screw driver will do it. Very diy.
Noquack...Don't know who'll have best price, but AutoZone will lend you that hub socket that Big references... and he's dead on... you'll want a cheater on it.

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Replace the seal too. It will be falling apart when you pop the half shaft off anyway.
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CV joints are designed to have controlled movement in them.
If you have cluckaty clickety going over speed bumps, as in boom-boom twice, once car going up and once car going down - it's sway bar bushings.

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