Dodge Caravan, 2001, CV joints have 1/4" longitudinal play/noise
CV joints look in good health, boots are ok and no noises while turning, but it makes noises while passing any bumps, I thought it was the ball joints but I discovered the CV half shafts have almost 1/4" play in each direction and hit something inside the differential making that noise.
I was thinking of putting some steel shims somehow but they'd wear out fast since the axell would be rubbing hard, rubber shims won't last a week either...any ideas...the differential has a rear cover, can I do something through it?
Over time the rubber boots of the CV joints
can become cracked, torn, or otherwise compromised. Once moisture and
dirt get into a CV joint and grease makes its way out, the CV joints
days are numbered. Signs of impending failures are a
click-click-clicking or metallic crackling noise while turning and
accelerating or a clunking upon deceleration. While one can repack,
reboot, and rebuild CV axles, it makes more sense for the average
do-it-yourselfer to procure replacement units and swap out the old
axles. If a boot is torn or missing, it is possible to save the joint
if caught early enough, but usually the damage has already been done.
Replacing or servicing the entire CV joint axle assembly may be the smarter move since replacing a boot may involve removing an axle, which may also involve removing half or all of the vehicle's brakes and suspension.
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I'd say constant velocity joint. It's been my experience that the offending side is usually opposite from the direction being turned. Turn the wheel to each extreme side and get a look at the c.v. boots. If it's ripped or torn it's a good indication that foreign material has entered it and caused excessive wear. If I've helped, please rate my assistance. Thank you and Happy Holidays.
Sounds like 1 bad CV joint. Not sure which side. Look at the front axles, and if 1 or more of the boots are torn then that one is most likely the culprit. If you can grab the axles, feel for free plat. A decent shop will be able to pinpoint the bad CV joint and either grease it and replace the boot, or more likely, replace the complete axle on the bad side.
The most common sources of noise would be sway bar end links and/or bushings, drive shaft CV joints [which often make a ratcheting noise], ball joints, or tie rod ends. Rarer would be wheel bearings/hubs but they often will make noise in straight line driving also. Either way I would be sure to have it checked out as soon as possible as it could be a big safety issue should something fail while you are driving it. I actually own one of these and have replaced both sway bar links and bushings on mine due to the klunking noise they would make at slower/in town speeds on bumps and turns.
Could also be the upper ball joint, put a jack under the lower control arm and jack the left wheel off the ground, the trick is to try to get it at normal ride hight, grab the tire at the top and bottom and try to push and pull the top in and out inline with the ball joint. have a helper eye the ball joint and see if there is any motion(play) at the joint. If not, check the bottom the same way. if they are both good, try it side to side to check the tie rods for play, make sure the steering wheel is locked. if all checks good than it is probably the cv joint if the truck is four wheel drive, if it is not four wheel drive it's definately is not a cv joint because you don't have them. For the four wheel drive model, go to a large parking lot, put the truck in a tight left turn, this will stress the cv joint, making it click, you will hear the noise from the side with the bad joint. Then tru a hard right turn, then do the same things again, this time driving in reverse. That should allow you to isolate the noise, Please rate this four thumbs up if it helped, i appreciate your feedback. Thanks, Bob
Good chance it's CV joint . You'll have to get it checked, or at least jack side your hearing it on, up remove wheel,(make sure you use safety stands & emergency brake) and push & pull on shaft right at or near boot & see if there is slop/play there. If yes, time for new. Is this a job your experienced enough to do yourself or will it be going to a shop?
YES THE CV AXLES DO MAKE A SIMILAR NOISE WHEN GOING BAD BECAUSE THE CAGE THAT THE BALL-BEARINGS ARE IN VIBRATE AS THEY ROTATE. A CLICKING SOUND AROUND TURNS ARE ANOTHER INDICATION OF BAD CV AXLES.HOPE THIS SOLVES THE PROBLEM. KEEP ME POSTED PLEASE. GOOD LUCK AND THANKS FOR YOUR HONEST RATING. THANK YOU NALSO FOR USING FIX-YA. WITING FOR YOUR REPLY.