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There is a clicking sound in right turn only. steering needs to be at half way. there is no vibration or shake at any speeds. cv joint checks good and wheel bearing has been replaced. this is a 1999 buick regal with 130k miles. steering is responsive and tight. mechanic cannot duplicate noise on the lift. car needs to be moving. mechanic feels that the noise changes speed with the engine speed. checked fly wheel for loose and broken teeth. everything checked ok.

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I agree with the previous person the boots don't have to be ripped for the cv joint to be bad

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Cv joints can check good and still be dry internally and this will cause the clicking....have the cv joints replaced....

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