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Front end wobble up to 45-50 mph. no clicking noise

A cv joint is flooded with grease and what keeps the grease in and the dirt and water out is a rubber or plastic boot. As long as the boot and the retaining clips are intact it can be assumed the joint isn't dry - I only ever encountered one where the manufacturer had forgotten to put grease in.

Being flooded with grease gives drive shaft joints of all types a long life but eventually the inevitable wear will become excessive and a joint will need replacing. Outer joints tend to develop the typical loud clicking noise when transmitting power around corners. In my experience worn outer joints do not typically cause vibrations when worn.

The inner plunge joints might be tripode type joints or constant velocity type. The cv type of plunge joint tends not to become noisy when worn but I have experienced several instances where they have been responsible for strange wobbles or low speed vibration. Wear in the joint is difficult to prove.

It is best to thoroughly check every other possible cause and if all else has been eliminated the suspected drive shaft should be removed and checked on the bench.
I find clamping the inner joint in a vice and working the drive shaft by hand so the plunge joint has moved through the full travel at various angles, with patience a worn joint will feel to to snag or have a "lump" in the travel.

Mar 05, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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2007 chevy equinox death wobble

I imagine you are refereing to steering problems at speed. Check all ball joints and steerig parts including oil in the power steering. Have a wheel alignment done. Carefully check the tyres for lumps and bumps indicating tread and belt seperation

Jan 07, 2013 | Chevrolet Cars & Trucks

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How to change cv joints

I would replace the complete axle assembly,
it would be cheaper and come with a warranty.

  1. Remove the CV Joint
    • Remove the boot straps from the CV joint using a standard screwdriver or a pair of diagonal cutting pliers.
    • Slide the boot back over the interconnecting shaft.
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      Detach the stop ring at the base of the CV joint assembly using a pair of snap ring pliers.

    • Pull the CV joint assembly from the interconnecting shaft to force the snap ring at the top of the shaft through the CV joint assembly.
    • Tilt the inner cage (the cage holding the balls in place inside the housing) in different angles to remove the six balls. Use your thumb or a hammer and a wooden dowel, if necessary.
    • Tilt the inner cage enough to remove it from its housing.
    • Rotate the race inside the cage--the part that holds the balls against the inner cage--and remove the race from the cage.
      Replace the CV Joint
      • Apply a thick coat of grease to the new CV joint race using special high temperature/high pressure grease (see Tips below).
      • Install the race inside the new cage. Then install the cage/race assembly inside the CV joint housing.
      • Tilt the cage at different angles and fit the new balls in place.
      • Slide a new CV joint rubber boot over the interconnecting shaft.
      • Install a new snap and stop ring on the interconnecting shaft.
      • Push the interconnecting shaft through the CV joint assembly to force the snap ring through the assembly.
      • Apply a thick coat of CV joint grease to all moving parts of the assembly.
      • Apply a coat of CV joint grease to the inside of the rubber boot. Then slide the boot over the CV joint assembly.
      • Install the boot straps at each end of the boot, and tighten the straps using a clamp tool or screwdriver, depending on the type of clamp.

Mar 22, 2012 | 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Intermitent steering wheel vibrations while driving down the highway

Could be a number of things 1) Wheel Alignment 2) Suspension component failure/broken (ball joints, etc) 3) Drivetrain component failure/broken 4) Under/over inflated tires could effect the way it handles to bumps 5) Damaged or worn tire - lump or bad treadwear

Mar 01, 2011 | Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Cars & Trucks

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Car shaking tires are not low and noise coming from right tire area

sounds like it could be a U-joint --- remove the wheel and check the joints for broken parts.
if this does not to seem to be the issue,, can you please describe the noise you hear in more detail. ( you might have a wheel bearing that is breaking apart and causing axel drag ).


Jan 18, 2011 | 1992 Toyota Pickup

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How do you get the lower ball joint off a 2001 mustang it broke into

hi, have you tried using a ball joint splitter these can be brought for next to nothing and should do the job, if how ever you have tried one of these then the only other option would be to hit the hub where the ball joint goes into to shock it out you will need a big hammer to do this like a small lump hammer then if you keep giving the hub a hard hit just at the side where the ball joint is this should then shock it out and then it should just fall out.

Mar 26, 2010 | 2001 Ford Mustang

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Shaking in 3rd gear shakes and shimmys when I slow down to second and first gear.

there are so many causes for vibrations try checking for mud in the rims which will throw the wheels out of ballance kinda like an unballanced load in a washing machine, lol .. Also check for unusual lumps or shifted belts in your tires, if thats not it maybe a bad universal joint in the driveshaft somewhere, hope one of these suggestions help..

Nov 25, 2009 | 1995 Chevrolet S-10 CA Edition

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Inner cv joint removal 98 escort

what you are doing is right but on the rare occasion that you get one that is tight you need a good sturdy jemmy bar and a good smack with a lump hammer

May 11, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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Upper control arm bushing and upper Ball joint

dealer only or general mechanic to change these parts not really a do it yourself job .do you have a two ton jack ??? or the metal plates in floor to move the suspension to check it ---no take it to a garage trust me it will be cheaper and quicker in the end .you leave something loose or incorrectly fitted and with this heavy lump of detroit steel you could kill a lot of people .

Nov 18, 2008 | 2002 Chrysler Sebring

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Dodge pickup

shimmy can come from several areas...check the tires for lumps or defective belts... check for missing or improper balance weight...check front-end alighnment( including condition of parts such as ball joints, tie-rod ends, bearings, a-arm bushings ect) and finally try switching tires from another corner of vehicle to see if it affects shikky. Hope this helps.

Oct 24, 2008 | 1995 Dodge Dakota

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