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Old 30 Jan 2004, 09:53 pm
CaptainKrunch
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Default Re: cv joints...can i wait a little?

I would change them before they just explode. I have seen them put large
holes in things like transmission cases. Not to mention the fact that you
can no longer drive anywhere and must get the car towed somewhere.

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"John Davis" <jmdavisjr@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi
> I have a civic 2 door hatchback that I
> bought new in 94. It's been a great car.
> I think my cv joints are starting to go.
> If I make a turn (mostly lefts) aggressively,
> I can hear the classic clicking. If I turn
> gently I don't really hear the clicking.
> Can I wait a bit before I change them
> or should I change them right away?
> Is there damage in waiting until the clicking gets
> worse or more frequent?
> Thanks for any info.



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Old 02 Feb 2004, 08:51 pm
John Davis
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Default cv joints...can i wait a little?

Hi
I have a civic 2 door hatchback that I
bought new in 94. It's been a great car.
I think my cv joints are starting to go.
If I make a turn (mostly lefts) aggressively,
I can hear the classic clicking. If I turn
gently I don't really hear the clicking.
Can I wait a bit before I change them
or should I change them right away?
Is there damage in waiting until the clicking gets
worse or more frequent?
Thanks for any info.
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Old 03 Feb 2004, 03:16 pm
Andrew Smit
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Default Re: cv joints...can i wait a little?

In article <f970483f.0402021851.622b789e@posting.google.com >, John
Davis <jmdavisjr@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi
> I have a civic 2 door hatchback that I
> bought new in 94. It's been a great car.
> I think my cv joints are starting to go.
> If I make a turn (mostly lefts) aggressively,
> I can hear the classic clicking. If I turn
> gently I don't really hear the clicking.
> Can I wait a bit before I change them
> or should I change them right away?
> Is there damage in waiting until the clicking gets
> worse or more frequent?
> Thanks for any info.


well go and have a look at them. give them both a good shake and if
they dont move too much you mite be alright for a bit. (my drivers side
clicks and the boot is torn but i am not paticularly worried) if they
(or one) moves a lot or the clicking becomes more constant (ie at slow
speeds too) you should replace asap. 2 thigs can happen (1) the cv will
have enough play that it will slip out of the transmission enough that
the splines don't catch leaving you powerless. if this happens shove it
back in (it may take some effort) and drive home gently or to a repare
shop. (2) the second thing that can happen is much worse, the joint
(most likely the outer one since it gets the most movement) will fail
and send the shaft flinging around and damageing whatever it hits. if
this happens you will know immediatly, (big bang and so on). basically
its just a good idea to replace the shaft or just the joint as soon as
possible. it is also a good idea to keep an eye on the boots before you
notice any noises because it starts when the boot gets torn and dirt
gets in there and wares out the bearings in the joint. replaceing a cv
shaft is not that difficult, its a good afternoon project. the most
difficult part will be getting the nut off the end because they can be
very tight.
-Andrew Smit-
http://www.justfixmycar.com/forum/
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Old 03 Feb 2004, 03:36 pm
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The money you save by waiting ,you can buy a good pair of walking shoes.

Tom
"Andrew Smit" <smit_andrew@hotmail.comm> wrote in message
news:030220041516052139%smit_andrew@hotmail.comm.. .
> In article <f970483f.0402021851.622b789e@posting.google.com >, John
> Davis <jmdavisjr@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi
> > I have a civic 2 door hatchback that I
> > bought new in 94. It's been a great car.
> > I think my cv joints are starting to go.
> > If I make a turn (mostly lefts) aggressively,
> > I can hear the classic clicking. If I turn
> > gently I don't really hear the clicking.
> > Can I wait a bit before I change them
> > or should I change them right away?
> > Is there damage in waiting until the clicking gets
> > worse or more frequent?
> > Thanks for any info.

>
> well go and have a look at them. give them both a good shake and if
> they dont move too much you mite be alright for a bit. (my drivers side
> clicks and the boot is torn but i am not paticularly worried) if they
> (or one) moves a lot or the clicking becomes more constant (ie at slow
> speeds too) you should replace asap. 2 thigs can happen (1) the cv will
> have enough play that it will slip out of the transmission enough that
> the splines don't catch leaving you powerless. if this happens shove it
> back in (it may take some effort) and drive home gently or to a repare
> shop. (2) the second thing that can happen is much worse, the joint
> (most likely the outer one since it gets the most movement) will fail
> and send the shaft flinging around and damageing whatever it hits. if
> this happens you will know immediatly, (big bang and so on). basically
> its just a good idea to replace the shaft or just the joint as soon as
> possible. it is also a good idea to keep an eye on the boots before you
> notice any noises because it starts when the boot gets torn and dirt
> gets in there and wares out the bearings in the joint. replaceing a cv
> shaft is not that difficult, its a good afternoon project. the most
> difficult part will be getting the nut off the end because they can be
> very tight.
> -Andrew Smit-
> http://www.justfixmycar.com/forum/



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Old 03 Feb 2004, 05:59 pm
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John Davis wrote: [B]
>
> I have changed one CV boot and later both front half axles on my '8
> Mazda.
>
> Is it urgent? Usually no. Will it last forever? No. Is it dangerous
> It COULD be, though not very often.
>
> However, the point is that once a CV boot is torn, you cannot avoi
> the problem by waiting. Many times replacing the whole half axle wil
> cost you slightly more, but makes much more sense. So fix it wheneve
> you got time and enjoy a better ride ... note that the labor cost i
> on a rachet: it never goes down, even at time of extrem
> depression..


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