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what would a bad cv joint sound and fell like?

the above ? on a 98 volvo v70 awd


  • edited June 2007
    A worn outer CV-joint will make a clicking/knocking noise while cornering.

    A worn inner CV-joint will make a clicking/knocking noise when accelerating and deccelerating.

  • edited June 2007
    Usually, the first hint, you will hear a little click-click-click as you accelerate around a corner..

    Look for a torn rubber boot that protects the joints. Your car has many of them. When a boot fails, dirt gets in and failure shortly follows. It's a slow process, the noise slowly getting worse and worse..
  • edited June 2007
    Typically a bad CV joint feels normal (until it breaks and the car won't move) and sounds like a playing card clipped into bicycle spokes.
  • edited June 2007
    I've also had it where I got a little vibration for about 50 miles before the bearing race broke and no more go.
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