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Old 04-13-2009, 02:05 PM
 
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I own a '97 Nissan Maxima and I've been experiencing a clicking sound by my front tires for the past year or so. I took it to a mechanic, who changed the "bushings" but it did nothing to stop the noise/vibration. Anyone have an idea what it could be? The axles were replaced about 3 years ago so I don't think it's that.
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:26 PM
 
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cv joints perhaps? is it worse when loading the tire ( hitting a corner )?
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Old 04-13-2009, 02:57 PM
 
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cv joints perhaps? is it worse when loading the tire ( hitting a corner )?
I agree it's the cv joints. I know nothing about cars...but I know this one because when I was a teenager I hit a ton of curbs. My dad had to get the cv joints replaced all the time. And that's exactly what it sounds like, too....a clicking sound coming from the front tires. I had a Honda Civic, btw.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:24 AM
 
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I agree it's the cv joints. I know nothing about cars...but I know this one because when I was a teenager I hit a ton of curbs. My dad had to get the cv joints replaced all the time. And that's exactly what it sounds like, too....a clicking sound coming from the front tires. I had a Honda Civic, btw.
Is that an expensive problem? The car is a '97 so if it will cost a lot to fix, I may just run it into the ground until it's time for a new one... is it a safety issue? It's really annoying and gets worse at high speeds.
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Old 04-22-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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Is that an expensive problem? The car is a '97 so if it will cost a lot to fix, I may just run it into the ground until it's time for a new one... is it a safety issue? It's really annoying and gets worse at high speeds.
It could be that you have a front wheel bearing that's dry, and going out - though what you describe isn't 100% consistent with that...

Usually when a CV joint is going bad it first starts clicking when you turn corners. It'll eventually get worse. The good thing is that they give you plenty of warning before they actually go completely out.

*An easy way to check is to stick your head under the front end of the car and look at the rubber boots on the axles. If one is cracked and the grease is coming out and splattering everywhere, that CV joint is shot. And if it isn't shot, it soon will be.

If you can do the work yourself, the cost of the axles is going to be about $75 each, and the wheel bearings will be a little less than that.

If you take it to a shop to have the work done, good luck! Get a bid first. Get it in writing, and get bids from 2 or 3 different shops. Repair shops are notorious for scaring the crap out of people, and getting them to agree to all manner of unnecessary repairs.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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It could be that you have a front wheel bearing that's dry, and going out - though what you describe isn't 100% consistent with that...

Usually when a CV joint is going bad it first starts clicking when you turn corners. It'll eventually get worse. The good thing is that they give you plenty of warning before they actually go completely out.

*An easy way to check is to stick your head under the front end of the car and look at the rubber boots on the axles. If one is cracked and the grease is coming out and splattering everywhere, that CV joint is shot. And if it isn't shot, it soon will be.

If you can do the work yourself, the cost of the axles is going to be about $75 each, and the wheel bearings will be a little less than that.

If you take it to a shop to have the work done, good luck! Get a bid first. Get it in writing, and get bids from 2 or 3 different shops. Repair shops are notorious for scaring the crap out of people, and getting them to agree to all manner of unnecessary repairs.
Thanks, I'll check that out... I also hear a squeaking sound... is that consistent with CV joints? I just wonder if it's a big job or not... because if I can fix that, I think I might keep the thing for a bit longer... it runs well otherwise.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:22 AM
 
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You shouldn't drive it too much longer in that condition. If the joint snaps you'll lose control of the car. I recently had work done to my VW Passat (CV joints) and it ran about $400 total. You might be able to get it done a little cheaper if you buy the parts and hire a qualified mechanic on your own. I've had great experiences with mechanics on Craigslist who will perform labor at cheaper rates than the shops. Some even gave me warranties and receipts for work. Check the listings in your local area.
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Old 04-24-2009, 01:26 AM
 
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Thanks, I'll check that out... I also hear a squeaking sound... is that consistent with CV joints? I just wonder if it's a big job or not... because if I can fix that, I think I might keep the thing for a bit longer... it runs well otherwise.
If the squeaking is when you apply the brakes, it's the warning strip telling you it's time to replace the pads.

Regarding replacing your own CV Joints... If you're not mechanically inclined and/or have never done this before, don't. Pay somebody to do it for you.
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