CV Joints

Constant Velocity Joint Pain

Constant velocity (CV) joints are the primary drive-train components.

  • They provide power transfer to the front wheels as well as allow for steering and suspension movement.
  • Packed in grease and covered with rubber boots, CV joints don’t require any maintenance.

Signs/Symptoms

Still, the CV joints should be regularly inspected for leaks and cracks. In the event that the boots deteriorate and begin to leak:

  • They will spatter grease on the inside of the wheel and on the suspension that will not be evident from the outside of the vehicle.
  • It must be viewed from underneath.

Savings

Replacing a boot immediately after a leak or crack is found costs a fraction of what it would otherwise cost to replace a CV joint.

TIP: Popping or clicking noises when turning, or clunking noises while accelerating may be indicative of the need of a new CV joint in a front-wheel drive car.

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Written by Maryann Croce

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