Longtime lurker here. I have a CV axle issue with both the front right/left joints. It has classic symptoms associate with the CV axle in that there is clicking when exaggerated turns are made (i.e. the wheel is fully cranked). I’ve got a 2007 Honda Civic with only 68k miles that hasn’t required too many repairs thus far. Not that uncommon a position, I’m sure, but this is out of my league of repairs. Two questions with this:
When is it recommended to pull the trigger on replacing the axle? As this does not occur on a daily basis I’m hesitant do replace this without a worsening in the symptoms. Or is this something I should be proactive about fixing?
Thoughts on aftermarket axles? Any good experiences? Is it worth it to purchase a new factory axle? I’m planning on keeping this car going for 5-10 more years and don’t want one that fails after 30k miles. Other forums have trashed AutoZone replacement axles despite their lifetime warranty (not a fan of going back every year to have them replaced, even if the warrantee covers it). I’d prefer to purchase the replacement parts myself and just involve a shop to do the repairs. I don’t have any experience re-tooling old axles but from what I read this may be an option. Thoughts on this? Prior experiences?
I’d appreciate any help with this!