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Knocking Sound when turning
If the Commander you are looking at has 4 wheel drive, a common cause of knocking or clunking in the circumstances you describe is a faulty outer CV joint. Such can often be detected on visual exam and with simple...
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Hello, I just got my front lower ball joints and control arms replaced today, but I am now experiencing a tinking sound.
The most obvious possibility is damage to the CV joint during control arm replacement. In your application, the CV joint and boot will be impacted unless precautions are taken when the ball joint is separated from the steering knuckle. Indeed,...
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cv axle fell off. RF side. Lower control arm, tierod, and all else ok. 2014 jeep compass 4WD With 6f24 (6speed) trans.
There is a steel snap ring that fits in a grove on the transmission end of the axle. The snap ring is designed to retain the axle within the transmission. If the snap ring has broken, or otherwise come off,...
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I have a crunching/grinding noise when turning
If you have 4 wheel drive, the noise might be due to a failed outboard CV joint. Another possibility is brake interference or wheel bearing noise although if you had a defective wheel bearing you would normally hear the noise...
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When lifted and put in drive the wheels (FWD) stop spinning once in a while, I can hear rumbling.
When you let the wheels hang down, and operate the transmission in drive you are turning the CV axles at an angle they really are not intended to operate at. Therefore, the axles, at the CV joints, may be binding...
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When I turn right it starts vibrating and shaking.
Hi there. The CV Joint on the right or left wheel in the front is popping the bearings and causing the vehicle to shake and vibrate as you turn. I recommend replacing both the CV Shafts on the vehicle in...
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ABS light on and Error 55 code , and clunking when turning wheel 2006 Subaru Legacy
Hello the "Error 55" usually indicates a failed wheel speed sensor (or dirt or corrosion preventing one of them from reading correctly). This failure is probably what is turning on your ABS warning, and prevents cruise control from working (intentional)....
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Clunking noise when coming to a stop
If you have the 4WD version of the truck with CV axles in the front, a possibility is a faulty outer CV joint. Such can often be detected on visual exam and with simple tests. Failure of the outer CV...
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Car started off just making a weird clunking sort of sound when first put in gear 2004 Mitsubishi Magna
Hello - check fluid levels first, especially power steering and transmission. Check for problem codes, whether the Check Engine light is illuminated or not. Most auto parts stores will do this for you for free on a "time-available" basis. The...
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Is there grease in the left side front driver side wheel bearing
The wheel bearings on the front of your car are within unitized hub assemblies and thus the grease that is placed within when the hub is manufactured is permanently sealed inside. It will not leak out. If the bearing has...
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CV joints
There are two issues, one is whether you now have too much grease in the joint/boot and thus some will be forced out as you drive and, two, whether the two greases are chemically compatible (incompatibility is a not uncommon...
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Warped front driver side axle
If the axle shaft is not straight or there is a problem with the joints such that the axle does not run in a straight axis, all leading to vibration, you have to replace the axle as soon as possible...
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How do you know which cv joint is causing the noise
The noise could be from both sides and you might not need to decide, left versus right, if the rubber boots on the outer CV joints happen to be broken on both sides. The CV joint boots look like 4...
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i have a 2005 dodge ram 1500 that makes a clicking noise when i turn what is this
If your vehicle is 4WD with CV axles in the front, a common cause of clicking and clunking in the circumstances that you describe is a faulty outer CV joint. Such can often be detected on visual exam and with...
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Hyundai Accent 2003 grinds when steering left or going straight.
Among the likely causes of this sort of noise are the outer CV axle joint and/or the wheel bearing. You describe the noise as clear and obvious and thus the mechanic should be able to pinpoint it very readily on...
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While driving and making a right turn, the wheel stops in its tracks until I turn it back straight then all is well 2007 Kia Spectra
Hi there - I suspect you have a damaged Constant Velocity (CV) joint on the right front wheel (outer joint). The joint is locking up when turning to the right, and won't transmit power to the wheel. Other symptoms from...
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My front end shakes when I accelerate at low and high speeds 2003 Pontiac Grand Prixh
Hello - from your symptom description, you have a worn out or damaged Constant Velocity joints on one or both front axles. These worn joints allows excess "wobble" of the axle, especially when under power, creating the vibration you notice....
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My son went to move his car this morning and the engine made an awful loud noise (more on the left side) when he put it in drive.
I'll bet he's broken a CV joint. The CV joints are the universal joints that allow the front wheels to be under power while they are steering. When the fail, sometimes the while thing blows apart making a pretty impressive...
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The CV Joints wear out very quickly, what can i do?
Hi there- CV joints fail quickly primarily under 2 conditions: applying a lot of power while turning sharply (turning at an intersection for example), and when a CV joint boot is torn, and dirt or road grit get in the...
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Knocking noise immediately during acceleration and rolling in neutral. Mounts replaced, no leaks. Ran it on stands only replicate 2001 Mazda Protege
Hello - a knocking noise while rolling in neutral is likely a damaged Constant Velocity joint or a wheel bearing with a "hard spot" or damaged position in the bearing. Acceleration puts additional load on the CV joints, so your...

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