Hi I just recently drove my g/f's car and her car shakes very badly while accelerating and also making a clicking sound kind of like the cv joints, but the car clicks and shakes going straight or turning. The steering wheel also has quite a bit of play in it. The faster you accelerate the better it is. the slower the worse it is. She does not have much money so we are trying to do everything possible to make this work. she has many other problems with this car, but this is our biggest concern right now. its so bad I will not allow her to drive it. thanks for looking! Please help?!?!?
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Something simple to check is the wheel balance on all the wheels. I would also check the front brakes on the car. Warped routers could cause what you are describing. Another thing to check would be the tires because the belts in the tires could be breaking loose internally
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CV joints will only click when the wheel is turned. Normally this is due to a torn boot and the grease gets EVERYWHERE in the front suspension. The clicking could also be that you need to bend back your dust shield that goes behind your brake rotor. You could have hit it when doing the strut and it is making contact with the brake rotor. As far as the shaking, this could be a number of different things. I would make sure the rest of your front end it tight. Check the ball joints, wheel bearings, tie rod ends, strut mounts, and wheels.
Sounds like the CV joint. Maybe you just don't hear it when you are on the road turning. It would be a constant clicking sound, not just a single click-the steel balls inside the cage of the joint wear and get too loose and make that clicking as turning or acceleration puts stress on the joint. The fix is to replace the joint, so the axle shaft has to be removed from car. FYI, parts stores sell remanufactured axles complete with both inspected and re-booted joints on each end, and ready to install. The cost is not too expensive-cheaper than one new CV joint costs.
Does it happen turning in both direrctions? It could be cv joints. from a standstill,turn the wheel hard to the right and accelerate in a circle. do the same on a left turn. If you hear a clicking sound, it's bad cv joints. inspect the rubber boot for tears & stress cracks. once the grease escapes,the joint is no good
The desciption you gave is exactly how it feels when you have an axle with a bad inner CV joint. It won't make a "clicking" noise like when you have a bad outer CV joint, but will shake pretty bad on accel. If you crawl under the car while it's on the ground (don't lift it) and grab on to the axle close to the inner CV joint and wiggle it, there shouldn't be very much play in it. If there is play in it, replace that axle.