Car is 2000 Corolla with 58k miles. My front left CV axle was leaking last year so I decided to replace both front CV axles with some generic brand from advanced auto parts (I think the brand was called ToughOne and it was new CV axles…not remanufactured). This was about 5000 miles ago. Before replacing the CV axles, this issue mentioned below never occurred.
The issue is that sometimes, when making slow sharp turns (more evident in right turns) and then immediately coming to a stop, sometimes the CV axles gets “stuck”. If I let go of the brakes at the stop…the car rolls backwards (it feels like something is loose and the wheels “freeroll”)! During this time, the engine is at 900-1000rpm (it should be 650 at idle). It’s like the CV axles get disconnected from the transmission.Then, if I press down the gas pedal a little bit…the engine hits around 1400rpm and the CV axles “connect” again and there is a slight jolt and everything is alright.
This also happens at sudden stops (braking hard). Also a related issue: When making a quick sharp turn at normal speed, as soon as the steering wheel comes back to the center…the engine immediately hits 2300 rpm and then comes back down to 1600rpm. Its like the CV axles are disconnecting (transmission is still engaged and computer detects loss of power and raises engine rpm) and then reconnecting (computer detects power to the wheels are restored…and the engine rpm drops to normal levels).
The transmission fluid is fine, transmission shifts smoothly.
Do you think the new CV axles are bad? The mechanic had trouble disconnecting the old axles…so he used a hammer…maybe he bent something?