Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: I think my cv boot came off!

asked by on

Car starts and revs in gear just fine, but when it moves there's a rapid clunking noise to my rear drivers side wheel. It almost seems like all the power is going to that one broken cv axle, that is it feels like

My car has 150000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

I am glad you asked this question. I am going to go through some steps with you to ensure that you have the correct problem diagnosed.

  1. When you look at the wheel well on the side where you hear the noise do you see an excessive amount of grease?

  2. When you jack your car up you would see the CV axle and it will look as if it is misplaced or hanging.

I want you to understand that you can’t drive your car like this and why. Your tires don’t turn all at the same time no matter if it is the front wheel, rear wheel, 4 wheel, or all wheel drive. So, you could have broken the side that does have most of the power going to it. Being that your car is all-wheel drive you driving power is going to start in the rear. You are going to want a professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic repair your CV axle because it’s not at all safe for your car to be driven without this part replaced.

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

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: Lots of noise on startup, car isn’t a morning person

Hello! Thank you for writing in with this question. Due to the design and characteristics of the “boxer” style engine, this cold-start noise is considered “normal” by Subaru corporate. It may be a good idea to have a professional at...

Q: Rattling Sound - 2007 Subaru Impreza

Hey there. I suspect you have an engine-mounted bracket that is touching a heat-shield or other metal component under the hood, generating the noise you hear. Get a helper to hold the brake, and put the car in gear while...

Q: I want my car repaired but not sure what the problem of th e car is. lately when i start the car it just makes a grinding noise an

If you have confirmed that there is a loud grinding noise on starter activation, that means one thing and one thing only: the starter motor is failing, likely due to an internal fault such as a bad starter drive gear,...

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...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
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...