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Clicking noise from drive shaft

HI i just had my drive shaft replaced front left, passenger side, as my car was vibrating. Drove ok for about 30 mins then i took a sharp bend and it started to make a grinding and clicking noise. i stopped the car for around 30 mins then drove it on a straight run was ok the went up a hill and the noises returned instanly also noticed when going up the hill the car felt like it was loosing control from the left front tyre. the sounds are clicking a bit of grinding and sweaking. Volvo V40 1997 estate

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    azizi70 Jun 14, 2009

    Thanks for the quick reply,
    i paid £100 pounds fitting plus the second hand drive shaft. Does that sound right? It never made
    these noises before i took it to this machanic. I drove my car out of the garage and about 20 mins later it made these noises i rang them back and he was like," i fitted in properley it maybe something else ? i dont think so !!! Anyway he said bring it back. so i im taking it back, do you think its safe to drive ? Any advise wouldbe more than appreciated thanx in advance.

  • azizi70
    azizi70 Jun 15, 2009

    Thank you very much. You have been very helpful

  • azizi70
    azizi70 Jun 15, 2009

    Took it back to installer today, had it checked and he says its the gear box? apparentley a bearing or something might have fallen in from the old drive shaft. At least thats what he said. Any advice? Shall i scrap it tommarrow morning or fix the gear box and will i have to replace the clutch aswell if the gear box is done? Cheers

  • azizi70
    azizi70 Jun 18, 2009

    Ok will take it to a Volvo specialist, I dont think this guy was a specialist though.

  • azizi70
    azizi70 Jun 18, 2009

    Ok will take it to a Volvo specialist, I dont think this guy was a specialist though. Thanx

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Take it back to the installer of the drive shaft and demonstate to them the problem.

The symptons you describe a indicate to me you have a faulty constant velocity drive joint or inadequate grease lubrication in the joint.

If the drive shaft proves to be the problem, it should be replaced with a new unit under warranty.



Posted on Jun 14, 2009

  • John Bloomfield Jun 14, 2009

    From what you have described I think it is safe to drive - just drive it carefully, take it easy on applying the power, especialy when going around sharp corners.
    Best regards.

  • John Bloomfield Jun 16, 2009

    I do not have a manual to verify this information, but I suspect the installer stuffed up when they installed the replacement drive shaft, which has caused the gearbox malfunction.
    I thinK it highly unlikely that any parts from the old CV joint could find there way to the gearbox.
    I would take the vehicle to another volvo experienced mechanic for a second opinion before deciding to scrap the vehicle.

    Sorry I cant be more definite.

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