2001 VW Eurovan

volkswagen
eurovan
#1

My 2001 Eurovan is making a clunking sound when I accelerate. It is irritated by sharp turns I think. But now it just seems to clunk all the time. Is something loose? Is it the CV joint? shaft? something with the transaxle? The sound is so horrible I am afraid to drive it right now, but in fact, it is my daily drive for me and my four kids! When my husband and I take the van apart and look at it, we don’t SEE anything loose. We weren’t able to actually get in to look at the CV joint and shaft. A bolt was too tight. But it has recently been suggested to me it could be the CV joint, so should we pursue getting that bolt off and looking? Now I wonder if the left front tire wobbles when I drive. This sound seems connecting to accelerating with a load (we couldn’t replicate it up on jackstands) so we thought possible a transaxle problem? Does anybody have any ideas? Please let me know! I need to fix this ASAP, as inexpensively as possible! (i.e. no mechanic involvement if at all possible!) Thanks, Laura

#2

May I suggest you take a look at the engine mounts along with the transaxel mounts. I don’t know much about the Eurovan and this is the first thing that pops to mind. Prying on them to see if they are broken will help.

May I stress that you do not try to run any car while it is up on the jack stands, it is very dangerous!!

#3

Thank you for the suggestions. We will look into it further. I appreciate it! And yes, I know that’s dangerous. Thank you for the advice.