Fixing Bad CV Joints
Your constant velocity joints or CV joints can go bad over time. They’re supposed to last you roughly 150,000 miles but we know that’s not always the case. CV joints are protected by a rubber boot that keeps outside contaminants from dirtying up the joint and to keep the lubrication in there. However these boots can crack and cause all kinds of problems over time.
One of the most common symptoms of bad CV joints is hearing a clicking sound when taking turns. Cars with front-wheel drive have four CV joints, two outer and two inner. The one causing the noise is likely to be the outer joint.
Inside each joint are steel balls and as you continue to drive and accumulate miles things aren’t as compact as they were when the car was new and these components start rattling around causing the noise.
Note: You shouldn’t hear any noise driving straight. If so, the problem may not be with your CV joint. See one of our mechanics at 2J’s Automotive if this is the case.
The CV joint should last you a long time but it’s not uncommon for the protective boot to wear out after a couple of years. How you drive, road conditions, and weather all play a part in how long the boots should last. However, once they start cracking the lubrication will quickly leak out and if ignored can cause severe damage to the joint, axle, and other components.
If caught early you should just need to replace the boot which is why it’s important to inspect your CV joint boots regularly like when you’re getting an oil change.
Our certified technicians at 2J’s Automotive can replace your CV joint boots and service your axle as well. This repair shouldn’t take too long and shouldn’t be too expensive if caught early.
We will give you a FREE diagnostic test ($80 value) to pinpoint the location of the noise and then we will get to work on servicing your vehicle. We work on all makes and models both foreign and domestic so there isn’t a setup we’re unfamiliar with.
Call us at 817-232-9866 if you have any questions or would like to arrange a time to come in.