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Old 01-06-2004, 01:23 AM   #1
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Arrow OK, so assuming my CV joint IS bad, what happens if I don't fix it?

Title is pretty much the question. I haven't completely figured out if that's the problem or not, but all signs are pointing to that being it.

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Old 01-06-2004, 01:34 AM   #2
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Eventually..(exactly how long that will be?) the joint will fail and seperate at which point you will go nowhere (except behind a wrecker)

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Old 01-06-2004, 02:01 AM   #3
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They'll usually get pretty loud, the one in my Toyota was shaking violently before I had it replaced (unbroken). Hope you have an AAA plus membership if you plan on running with it

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Old 01-06-2004, 08:45 AM   #4
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Eventually..(exactly how long that will be?) the joint will fail and seperate at which point you will go nowhere (except behind a wrecker)
I can atest to that! My old Skyhawk had a ripped CV joint when I first bought it (you can hear the crackeling as sand and dirt get in there). I kept putting it off saying I'd get it replaced later...until finally when I was making a left turn the joint "snapped." I couldn't do anything but coast to the right side and start walking. It was a cold walk to school that day...

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Old 01-06-2004, 11:49 AM   #5
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My pop's 86 Carrolla had a CV joint go out on it a few years back. In his case when it went it ended up taking out his transmission as well (nice big hole in it), not sure how typical that is to happen but it certainly isn't cheap if it does!

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Old 01-06-2004, 02:17 PM   #6
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Yup, a broken cv joint can exert forces sufficient to break a transmission case.

My own personal experience was driving an 82 olds omega with a progressively worsening CV joint that started with the usual "clacking" around corners. It progressed to the point where the steering wheel would shake violently and unpredictably (like into the other lane at times) with incresing speed.

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Old 01-06-2004, 05:08 PM   #7
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Bah, all what I was fearing could/would happen. Should I take it in to dealer or to a shop? (I didn't buy it from a dealer.) We don't have a regular shop that we go to, and no one I know has a regular mechanic they go to either.

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Old 01-06-2004, 06:34 PM   #8
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At a dealer, you'll get sold a new axle for about $400. At an independent shop, the reman part will probably be $100 +/- $25.

There may also be labor rate differences.

This is a moderately difficult DIY project.

If you have no other basis for selecting (personal experience or recommendation), I'd fall back on using a NAPA car care center. Or stop in a pro oriented parts place and ask a counterman who he'd recommend.

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Old 01-07-2004, 03:10 AM   #9
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Well I'm going to check the boot first and my brother-in-law is quite the handy mechanic. It's just always hard to ask for such favors. :/

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Old 01-07-2004, 07:45 AM   #10
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If you're already getting noise, replacing the boot is not an answer.

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Old 01-07-2004, 04:39 PM   #11
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I thought I had read somewhere if you get it early enough it will be ok, but after what you had said and re-searching, I guess I read something wrong. FUN STUFF!

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Old 01-07-2004, 07:48 PM   #12
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The horror......the horror...


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Old 01-07-2004, 08:19 PM   #13
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Glad that's not my car.

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Old 01-08-2004, 12:57 PM   #14
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Ok, so Autozone carries remanufactured ones for about $65 which I am going to pick up today or tomorrow. I haven't been driving it much since I first noticed the noise (about a week ago) so I think (hope) I will be ok for a little bit longer.

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Old 01-08-2004, 02:05 PM   #15
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Do you (or bro-in-law) have tools & procedures?

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Do you (or bro-in-law) have tools & procedures?

My brother in law has a garage full of tools, he is one of those "can fix everything" type of people. He's been working on cars since he was 16, it's just the matter of asking for the help. I have the Haynes book for my car, but I also assume he already knows how to do it.

*edit* I removed a part showing my horrible math skills.

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Old 01-08-2004, 05:19 PM   #17
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Great. Good luck to the two of you.

BTW, if there's any ATF leakage at the seal on the side you're changing, now's the time to replace the seal.

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Old 01-08-2004, 11:56 PM   #18
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Actually, replacing a driveaxle is relatively easy and requires neither any "special" tools or even a front end alignment afterwards... Buy a QUALITY rebuilt halfshaft for the side in question.

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Old 01-09-2004, 09:19 AM   #19
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They're not "special" to me either, but the 32(?) mm socket for the axle nut and long pry bar are not in every DIY's toolbox. AZ will loan the socket for free.

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Old 01-14-2004, 06:15 PM   #20
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Well, as it started to sound really bad and vibrate, I decided it was time to fix it. Didn't take too long and was fairly easy. The final picture of the bad one is http://www.saturnfans.com/photos/sho...cat=500&page=1

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