If it is makeing loud click sounds when you turn it probly the cv joint like you say axle if you have any friends that you know are good mechanics you can go to Advance auto or Autozone ... a local parts store and get the cv shaft and have them replace it saving you a pretty good chunk of change ...
the shaft price can vary depending on the model car you have ...
i recomend you replace the wheel berring also
NOW if its not making a crunchy clicky sound and sounds more like a draging rubbing grind sound it may just be the bearing if so its easier to replace and cheaper
If you have to take it to a garage for repair take someone with you that knows something about cars so they dont try to screw ya .... not all garages are bad but alot are.
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Re: Front axle making noises
Look under the car at the CV Joint Boots they are located behind the tire and the brakes. If you see a lot of grease that means that the boot has broken and the CV Joint is worn out. You can get rebuilt shafts at almost any auto parts store.
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It should have been thoroughly checked. Noises like these on four wheel drives could several different things. A bearing, CV axle, or the differential, or bearings in the differential. A wheel bearing will make different sounds when making a turn. A CV axle is a constant sound. Differential bearings can come and go, depending on if it is a bearing for the axle or a pinion bearing. Axle side bearings usually make a constant noise. The differential can also come and go. Depends on acceleration or slowing down. All these sounds are also with a vibration. Slight to harsh.
i have been fooled by this one way to many times. when a wheel bearing or hub assesembly is making noise, it will sound like it is comming from the other side. i do not know why this is. but one test will prove if and which one. when growling noise occurs, notice, when turning left or right, does noise get louder and quieter as you turn? if so then it is wheel bearing. when turning left the right side will make more noise. when turning right the left side will make more noise. if always the same then, tires or transmission need addressing. the cv axle does not make a growling noise, unless front wheel drive car does not move, it makes a clicking or poping noise. sorry but at least you dont have to replace other axle
Noises from axles can be really deceiving. The sound is transfered throuh the transaxle and can resonate through the entire vehicle. The turning to the left thing makes it sound like a problem in the right wheel/axle area. Wheel bearings and axles tend to make worse noise when they are on the OUTSIDE of the turn. More of the vehicle weight is shifted to the outside due to centrifugal force. Thus, if the noise is louder when turning left, this puts the right axle to the outside of the turn and the most likely to be the source of the noise. (and vise-versa) The fact that the noise calms down while cruising makes me believe that it is not a wheel bearing. Wheel bearings can make more noise in turns, however, they usually make a "roaring" or loud "humming" noise that gets louder with speed. An axle is more likely to change or get louder according to engine load more than rotational speed. (Way worse while accelerating or climbing a hill) I would be taking a hard look at the right axle.
Based on your description, I'm thinking the problem is in the transmission casing. I was thinking it was a wheel bearing, based on your description, but that is contradicted by the fact that you say it doesn't sound like it's a wheel or hub bearing.
You say that the the rf cv axle is now leaking where it goes into the trans. I'd say that's a good place to start looking.
A damaged cv axle or half shaft might make more clicking noises on a tight turn. The cv axle is greased up and has balls inside some designs.
Have you checked the transmission fluid level to see how much fluid has been lost thorugh the place where the cv axle enters the trans.? If adding fluid makes the sound lessen or go away, then the trans. is at fault, vs. the cv axle.
Sounds like your front axle is trying to engage but does not engage fully.check your vacuum going to the t-case switch and then if that is ok check your vacuum at the front axle actuator.It is located under the battery tray.
You also could have received a bad axle. Sometimes the rebuilds don't hold good tolerance and can make the same noise you are trying to get rid of. Is it full-time 4wd? Maybe the driveshaft ujoint also.
I have the same problem and its in the front axle..Sounds like its in
the t case but its the front axle.Make sure all your tires are the same
size and same air pressure and the inner front axle seals are not
leaking any fluid..