Is a clicking CV joint dangerous?
If you hear a clicking, clunking or popping noise from the front wheels, particularly while turning, it means the situation has progressed to the point where the CV joint is damaged. You can drive on a damaged CV joint for a little while, but there’s no telling how long safe operation will last.
What causes CV axle clicking?
When the wheel is turned, the ball bearings move quite a bit. When it is worn out, the ball bearings will move to a point, then give way. In this process it pops to the end of it’s travel, causing the popping noise you are talking about. A CV joint will last quite a long time.
How long will a clicking CV joint last?
Typically, these joints can last up to 100,000 miles without need for replacement.
What are the symptoms of a CV axle going bad?
These are the symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assemblyLoud clicking noises when turning. One of the most common and most noticeable symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly is an audible clicking noise when turning. Grease on edge of tire. Excessive vibration while driving.
Can you replace just one wheel bearing?
Each individual wheel has their own wheel bearing and it is possible for just one of those bearings to wear out while the others are still in good condition. That is why you won’t necessarily have to replace all of your wheel bearings if only one is worn out.
Do I need to get an alignment after replacing wheel bearings?
Replacing a wheel bearing will not require an alignment, unless the car was aligned previously with a bad wheel bearing.
How long does it take a mechanic to change a wheel bearing?
Rear wheel drive, tapered roller bearing: about 15-45 minutes; wear gloves or spend another 10 minutes washing grease off your hands. Front wheel drive with pressed on bearing: 30–120 minutes depending on whether it can be pulled off and pressed in with a specialty tool.