CV Joint Replacement-When You May Need one
When is it time for a CV joint Replacement? What should you know about CV joints and axle shafts? Most cars and SUV’s these days are front-wheel drives. The drive axle that puts engine power to the front wheels must allow for the tires to turn for steering, and for the suspension to go up and down. This requires the axle shaft to have what is called a constant velocity joint, or CV joint.
How a CV Joint gets Damaged
CV joints have a rubber boot that allows it to move but also holds in grease so that it stays lubricated. Over time this corrugated rubber boot can tear in the seams. Because the axle shaft is spinning the grease will be flung out of the boot through the tear, and road grime will be allowed to enter the joint. The eventual lack of grease and any debris will cause the joint to wear out. A worn-out CV joint will normally make a clicking noise while driving when the front wheels are turned for a corner.
We always check for CV boot damage when a car is in for service so we can let you know that you have a problem coming up. We normally don’t replace the boot itself, since axles don’t cost very much and it costs more labor to pull the axle apart to replace the boot. Replacing the whole axle is usually just slightly more than replacing the boot, and you get a new axle and new CV joints.
When to Consider a CV Joint Replacement
A severely worn out CV joint can even disintegrate while you’re driving and make the car undrivable. You may lose control of the vehicle entirely. It is not safe to drive with a damaged CV joint. Look for some symptoms of a failing CV joint to have it repaired. You will want to do this.
Worn out Cv joints can make driving impossible. You can lose control of the vehicle if the CV disintegrates. This can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Driving with a damaged CV joint is unsafe. That being said how can you tell when it may be time for a CV Joint replacement. When the CV joint wears out or is beginning to wear out how can you tell?
2 Symptoms you need a CV Joint Replacement
1. Clicking or Popping Sounds.
Clicking or popping sounds coming from your vehicle it may be due to a bad CV joint. These sounds can be more pronounced when you turn the vehicle to one side or the other. This is a sign that CV Joint damaged has progressed and you will need a CV joint replacement. When you begin to notice popping or clicking sound and you are unsure if the CV joint is the problem, you can test it by turning your vehicle in one direction for a full circle.
If you hear a clicking sound while turning, it’s time to get it checked out. When you’re in for service and are told you have a torn CV boot, you can decide how soon you want to get that axle replaced. If you’re looking for a reputable auto repair shop in Bakersfield, CA for CV joints and axle replacement, contact G&G Auto Repair today!
2. Vibrations in the Steering Wheel
A damaged CV joint can cause severe vibration in the steering wheel while driving. The more speed that the vehicle gains the worse the vibration will become. This can make control of the vehicle very hard. This is a very dangerous situation to place yourself in. Consider bringing your vehicle in for service if you notice any of these issues.