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CV joints clicking, how long to total failure and any additional damage?

Both sides have the boots torn open and the joints are clicking. My question is will a joint failure cause additional serious problems. I't's an old car and is relegated to local travel so wouldn't be a big problem if one gave out without additional warning. PS: I also have a 2007 Murano, how soon should it's boots be replaced?

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  • silly man May 15, 2009

    Thanks Knight 007

    I know that I should replace the joints, but I don't think that a $700+ expenditure is a worthwhile investment in a car that has other issues......... Front ball joints, fender rattle, an unknown noise like an exgaust leak on startup, etc.

    It's been a good vehicle (264,000 kms), but if the joints don't destroy some other parts when they fail, I'll wait to see what else gives out first.

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Since the CV -joints are now clicking and clunking it has to be replaced, by just replacing the boots only won't stop it from clicking and clunking.
For front wheel drive vehicles its always better to inspect the CV joint boots more often and as soon as you find it torn thn before the joint is damaged by foreign particals entering it you should change them.

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A clicking CV joint is reason enough to have it replaced asap. The problems associated in waiting for it to give in are: the car stopping anytime (obviously, and with this, anywhere!), in some cases the drive shaft can come loose at the wheel side and the flinging drive shaft can damage adjoining parts, the drive shaft can come loose, drop off (from the transmission) and get lost, during towing (now you're not only replacing the CV joint but the drive shaft & inner CV joint as well). Consider selling the car...

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