How to Tell if Your CV Joint is Acting Up
CV (constant velocity) joints are mainly used in cars that have either front wheel drive or all-wheel drive. It allows the axle to apply torque when turning because of its design. CV joints are protected by a greased boot that can sometimes split and crack exposing it to air and other contaminants that can often cause wear and tear.
Hearing a noise when turning is one of the most common signs that tells you your vehicle’s CV joint or joints may need to be replaced. You may also hear a thumping or humming sound when accelerating or decelerating and that can be caused by lack of grease on the boot which causes air, water and dirt to completely damage the CV joint.
Tip: To confirm your suspensions that the noise you’re hearing is in fact the CV joint, find an empty parking lot and put your car in reverse and drive in slow circles. If the noise continues or gets louder then they need to be replaced.
Now it’s time for inspection to see what part is damaged or loose. First check the boot to see if it is cracked, loose or you may be able to see if it is lacking grease and needs lubrication.
Putting off a CV joint replacement is not a good idea. Consequences can be severe depending on how badly damaged it is. You could lose complete control of steering your car if the joint is seized, or even worse if the joint breaks apart then the entire driveshaft could fall out of the car.
The costs of these damages and repairs could be detrimental to you so if you have the slightest notion that they should be inspected bring your car in to 2J’s Automotive. After giving your car a diagnostic test for free, that has an $80 value, they can confirm what the issue is and explain to you what needs to be done to have your vehicle property running again.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have about your car because we would love to help you out.
2J’s Automotive will service your car quickly and efficiently so you can get back out on the road.