Replacement Driveshaft CV Joint Boot Cover

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What are the symptoms of a damaged CV (constant velocity) joint?

CV Joints deliver power to the drive wheels at a constant speed. If the outer CV joint is damaged, you will hear a clicking noise when the vehicle is cornering. If the inner CV joint is damaged, the car may vibrate or knock during acceleration.

 

To test for CV joint noises, drive the car in circles in both directions. This applies a load to the joint, which usually makes it click louder if it is damaged.

 

If you are going to try this, do it in an empty car park.

 

If you hear drive shaft noises when turning to the right, then it is most likely the left outer joint that is damaged.

 

If you hear noises when turning to the left, then it is most likely the right outer joint that is bad.

 

If you hear drive shaft noises in both directions, it could be that both outer CV Joints are damaged, or it could be that one outer CV joint is badly damaged.

 

The best way to prevent CV joints from becoming damaged is to check the condition of the CV joint dust cover during oil changes and change the cover when necessary.

 

This will be less costly than replacing a CV joint or driveshaft.