Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Hearing clicking sound in the front left side while driving

asked by on

Hearing clicking sound in the front left side while driving .

My car has 59789 miles.

A: This is a sign of a failing or worn out CV ...

This is a sign of a failing or worn out CV joint. A CV joint is packed with a special grease and sealed tight with the rubber or plastic boot, that is held in place with two clamps. A CV joint doesn’t need any maintenance and can last very long, as long as the protective CV joint boot is not damaged. The most common problem with the CV joints is when the protective boot cracks or gets damaged. Once this happens, the grease comes out and moisture and dirt get in, causing the CV joint to wear faster and eventually fail due to lack of lubrication and corrosion. Usually outer CV-joint boots break first, as they have to endure more movement than the inner ones. Grease coming out of a small crack or tear is the early sign of the CV joint boot failing. When the CV joint becomes damaged or worn, you may hear a clicking or popping sound coming from this area. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your CV joints.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Transfer case not fully engaging in low

The transfer case lock switch may be the cause of the transfer case not getting full engagement. The manufacturer has a technical bulletin to check the system by loosening the switch up and inspecting engagement, then, if okay, to replace...

Q: My driver side tire makes a clicking sound like a baseball card in a bike tire. It does not happen driving over 50 mph

Hi. This sounds like the you have a bad wheel bearing on your passenger side front wheel. Sometimes bad wheel bearings will only make noise at low speeds. This is usually the case when the wheel bearing is first starting...

Q: Battery drain, brake warning light on

Hello. If the battery is draining as the vehicle sits then most of the time this is caused by a failing ignition switch. I have had a lot of these fail on this vehicle. I usually start by doing a...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...