Q: Driver's side CV joint noise

asked by on

Hello, I have a 2010 Lexus RX350 with approx. 70,000 miles. Just lately, I've noticed a substantial click sound from the drivers side CV joint area when shifting from Park to Reverse and Reverse to Drive. It also will click every time you release the brake pedal and accelerate from a dead stop. However, it does not show the typical symptom of clicking when turning from stop to stop and there is no noticeable vibration at any speed. The boots are bone dry and there are no tears indicating lube leakage. With the wheels removed I can grab the inner portion of the joint where it enters the transmission, rotate the shaft forward and backwards within the freeplay limits and hear a distinct click sound. Comparatively, the right side has the same amount of freeplay but hardly any click sound is audible. Does this sound to you like a bad CV joint or could this be deeper inside the transmission?

Thank you, Kurt Morris

My car has 71000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. The sound is more like a differential sound that is making a click sound. There seems to be too much free play on the gear train inside the transmission. This is determined by only the sound occurring when going from drive to reverse and back to drive and also when stopping and accelerating but not turning. It is rare, but check the inner joint to the cv shaft and see if there is excessive play. If there is, then the cv shafts need replaced in a set.

If the CV shaft is good, then the transmission thrust bearing and thrust washer under the differential has too much wear and is causing the differential to have more gear lash than normal. If you need further help with your vehicle, then seek out a professional, such as one from YourMechanic, to assist you with the click noise when driving.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Driver's side CV joint noise

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Clicking sound when the car is started

This may not be a normal noise and the engine may have problems with the variable valve timing system. Have the dealer look at technical bulletin L-SB-0028-09 dated April 15th 2010. It calls for repairs to the variable valve system...

Q: Is it safe to Rev a car engine

Hello. It is perfectly fine to rev the engine in your car as long as you are not over doing it or holding it at a high rpm for long periods of time. If the engine is functioning normally and...

Q: Squeaky noise coming from the passenger side of my car

If you had the compliance bushings replaced, you most likely have bad lower ball joints or a problem with the rear bushings on the control arm. Have the joints checked by holding your hand on them while someone bounces the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.