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Diff' cv joints

Would W201 1985 190E 4 cylinder differential cv joints fit a W124 1987 300E 6 cylinder?

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I suspect they will as the rear end is almost identical

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I have an 2005 envoy and when I put it in 4 wheel drive I hear like a rattling sound up front but the wheels not moving I'm stuck in the mood/snow right now any idea what's wrong ?


You could have a front driveshaft u joint problem, or your front differential could have bad clearances between the ring and pinion. Unfortunately you will have to crawl under the vehicle to have a look at the shaft that connects up to the ffront wheels. Look for a loose shaft the should connect to your front differential. If the shaft is fine put the vehicle in neutral and move the shaft in a rotational back and forth pattern to check u joint or front cv axle style joints. Im forgetting the joint name. But you also have cv axles also that connect the diff to the front tires.

Mar 05, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Center differential


IF you are in constant 4wd then you will not have a centre diff unless you have an AWD. The difference is that AWD transfer cases have a centre diff that allows different road speeds between the front and rear diffs as in going over speed bumps and dips ion the road It is the same operation in the front and rear diffs that allow one wheel to go faster than the other when cornering. However in 4wd drive there is no diff action in the transfer case and both front and rear axles drive at the same speed regardless of speed bumps and dips in the road . This action produces what is known as torque wind up which results in the handling characteristics. This torque wind up places stress on all the drive line train and results in failures such as .that you describe.. This wind up is not noticeable when driving on loose surfaces slippery surfaces or in mud as it is allowed to escape when the wheels spin . If you have an AWD with diff lock capabilities then check that the diff lock is operating correctly

Apr 20, 2014 | Jeep Cherokee Cars & Trucks

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Why do my cv joints keep breaking on my 01 chevy 1500 w/3" body lift and a 6" suspension lift?


A buddy of mine was having that occur on his jeep that he lifted & he warned me that I should watch out for it on my lifted truck. The problem is the new angle that the driveshaft is versus the angle of the differential. Picture how the driveshaft used to go straight into the differential before it was lifted. Now the driveshaft & the differential are at a strained angle. The only way to resolve the issue is to find a way to rotate the angle of the differential to be in line with the driveshaft. Not an easy fix. Sorry.

Jan 27, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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CV joint questions


A c/v joint is pretty much just a better universal joint in that it permits more flex range than a simple cross. (like a driveshaft universal) If it were possible to make a universal with eight caps instead of four, it would have similar range but would be impossible to install.
Few suv's used in street applications have a true locking front differential as that makes steering very difficult on turns (outer wheel needs to turn faster than one on inside of turn as the outside "circle" is larger.) Most suv's have an "open" differential that permits easy turning. In reality most 4x4's only have two wheels driving the vehicle at any one time. Most optional setups have a positraction diff ( also known as a limited slip as it allows for slippage so wheels can change speed on turns)at the rear giving you a total of three wheels pushing. Off-road guys will often install a posi at the front, or a more radical approach is a "spool" that is 100% locked all the time, making street driving nearly impossible. Your front differential is "locked" or actually connected to the drivetrain by way of a transfer case that does exactly that...It transfers power to the differentials. On some it does this automatically by way of a viscous coupler inside the unit, or others that are engaged by the driver by either an electric servo or a direct lever.
How far you turn the front wheels determines how much stress you are putting on the c/v joint. Most vehicles have a "stop" bolt somewhere on the suspension that stops the front end from turning further than it should. Most times the steering pump will begin to whine as you near the limit.
C/v joints should last a very long time. Generally they fail because though they are internally designed very well, they are protected by a simple rubber boot. Once that boot is torn, split or otherwise compromised, road dirt enters and quickly destroys the joint.
Once you find a split boot you can almost bet that the joint is in one stage or another of failure. The price of the boot is often about one third the price of a complete joint or even a replacement axle with joints installed. therefore changing just the boot is foolish.
Symptoms of a bad joint are clicking binding or vibration from the area of the joint, but, sometimes vibration can be caused by wheel balance or a failed hub bearing. Making good diagnosis important.

Jan 20, 2010 | 2002 Ford Escape

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CV joint questions


well now,,,il tell you a storie,,,better sit down?
the cv joints are the joints in a drive train that for use of a better word "bend the drive shaft" so it dont brake when you turn a corner,,,ie:parking! inside the cv joint is held on the drive shaft be some splines in the drive shaft and a spring clip holds it all together there is an "inner bell" it has normaly 5 slots in it that have big "ball bearings" in them that slid around up and down these slots on the out side of the cv joint is the outer "bell" this also has slots that the ball bearings fit into so the drive trough the cv is compleat,,,when you turn the wheels the cv joints slids round on these ball bearings twisting round but the drive from the engine is still transmited to the road wheeles trough the cv
when this cv joint starts to were out the ball bearings are pitted and not ball shaped any more and the slots they run in are not smooth that to gets pitted what happens is the cv starts to "crack" under load,,,and vibrate when turning or being driven you drive down the road at 50 mph and the car feels like its driving over stones in the road its vidrating off the cv joint then when you turn the wheel on full lock to pull away you here a very big cracking or clicking sound, like,,,,,click click click, and the more power you put on the more they click very soon people start turning around and look at you? oh yes they here it to!
the vibration that comes off the cv will reck the transmission becouse of the wipping of the drive shafts,,,, to test your cv joints to see if there good or bad one's put the car on full lock and pull away,, if there is a cracking sound or a klicking sound there shot away and you need new ones fitted
now then,,,storie over,,, its time for sleepy sleeps

Jan 20, 2010 | 2007 Honda CR-V

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When i engage in 4 wheel drive,the jeep jerks when i turn and i hear a cracking noise,can it be my bad rotors an brakes?


I think what you are hearing is the CV joints complaining about the Differential being locked. Check to see if the Diff lock lamp is on or if the button has been pressed. When you trun a corner, the wheel on the outside of the turn has to travel further then the inner wheel, because of this, the outer wheel rotates faster and this is made possible by the differential. If the differential is locked then usually the inner wheel has to skip along or the CV joints start to jump over the balls (which is NOT good) Locking the differential means that the gears that allow one wheel to rotate faster then the other one are locked together and the wheels MUST turn together. This prevents loss of drive through the differential as it forces both wheels to rotate together, handy if you get bogged or are driving over sand or soft ground. But not recommended if you are driving on sealed roads..

Dec 27, 2009 | 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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My front differential is leaking!


I cannot see it, but I am guessing that you need to replace your axle seal. To do this,you have to pull your CV shaft out. Remove the tire, remove the caliper from the top of the rotor. Using a hammer on the back, remove the rotor. Take off the spindle (axle) nut, separate the axle (CV shaft) from the hub. Replace seal. It should pop right out. Good luck!

Aug 05, 2009 | GMC Sierra 1500 Cars & Trucks

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2003 chevy suburban front axle noise


Worn side bearings is where the noise is coming from and might as well do both sides, I used replace them in about 2-4 hours, depending on where Murphy happened to be. Disconnect both side inner CV joint, front prop shaft and the 4X4 actuator line. If you want to drop the front pumpken. Not sure if you have enough room if you want to change the bearing without removing the pumpken from the frame. You should see when you disconnect the CV shaft.

The front diffs are toys compared to the rear, if you use auto4wd too much there are bearings in your tranfer case that are similar to the side bearings in the front diff. In both appearance and durability and soon you'll replace those too.

Good luck and keep me posted.

May 26, 2009 | 2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500

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Driver's side wheel knocking during a slow sharp turn


sounds like your c v joints are going out

Mar 30, 2009 | 1995 Subaru Legacy

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Front End Problems


first i would check the tires , are they cupped or chopped on the tread? run your hand over the tread and see if it feels rough and uneven. take the truck to a auto repair shop and have them jack both front and rear axles off the ground, put the truck in 2 wheel drive and run the speedometer to the speed you usually hear the roaring noise, if you don't hear the noise , put the truck in 4 wheel drive, turn off the traction assist if it has one and run it to the speed you would hear the noise. if you hear the roaring noise with tires off the ground, the problem is in the drivetrain, (engine, transmission, transfer case, u-joints, differentials or the front left or right cv halfshafts or u-joints). the older models (97 98) had the front two driveshafts from the differential turning all the time, they engaged in 4 wheel drive from the transfer case and a solenoid on the front differential. depending on the miles you have on this truck, the most likely areas i would look at would be the tires, u-joints/cv joints, and front and rear wheel bearings. thanks and good luck.

Oct 04, 2008 | 2004 Dodge Ram

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