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I just asked this question a minute ago but I want to clarify a little more. Got a buddy of mine who is having a car issue and was hoping you guys could help out. We are wondering if bad CV joints can lead to a thunk on initial acceleration. He said it only does it on the first heavy acceleration. After that he doesnt hear it again. He also says not all the time, but sometimes when he first puts the car in gear starts moving and turns the steering wheel, he hears a light clang coming from underneath the car, but then he never hear it again. Now he said it feels as though the car is shifting harder, because now he can even distinctly feel the car shifting into 4rth and 5th gear which I don't believe is normal? He says also at higher speeds he can feel vibrations in the car. What is confusing him is that his car is only 6 months old. Also there is no clicking when turning the wheel from one extreme to the other, as is common for bad Cv joints. See the thing about my friend he always steers the car while stationary even though I instruct him not to. Could this have damaged his Cv joints? Took to dealer and they told him nothing was wrong. It is a 2009 Honda Civic. If it is a Cv joint, is there anything he possibly could have done to damage it? Or could it somehow have been a faulty part? I am completely stumped so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Much of the symptoms you describe sound like a CV joint. I would take it to the dealer and insist that it be fixed... What is bothering me though is under normal operating conditions, CV joints and boots are engineered to last upwards of 150,000 miles. Some go the distance, but a lot reach the end of the road far short of their design life. According to one major aftermarket supplier of replacement axle shafts, CV joint shafts are typically being replaced at anywhere from 70,000 miles to 130,000 miles.

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SYMPTOMS OF CV JOINT FAILURE
Bad boots are not the only thing you need to look for. You also need to listen for noise or complaints that might indicate a CV joint problem. These include:

  • Popping or clicking noises when turning. This almost always indicates a worn or damaged outer CV joint. To verify this condition, place the vehicle in reverse, crank the steering wheel to one side and drive the vehicle backwards in a circle (check the rearview mirror first!). If the noise gets louder, it confirms the diagnosis and the need for a new CV joint or replacement shaft assembly.
  • A "clunk" when accelerating, decelerating or when putting the transaxle into drive. The noise comes from excessive play in the inner joint on FWD applications, either inner or outer joints in a RWD independent suspension, or from the driveshaft CV joints or U-joint in a RWD or AWD powertrain. The same kind of noise can also be produced by excessive backlash in differential gears. To verify the condition, back the vehicle up, alternately accelerating and decelerating while in reverse. If the clunk or shudder is more pronounced, it confirms a bad inner joint.
  • A humming or growling noise. Sometimes due to inadequate lubrication in either the inner or outer CV joint, this symptom is more often due to worn or damaged wheel bearings, a bad intermediate shaft bearing on equal length halfshaft transaxles, or due to worn shaft bearings within the transaxle.
  • A shudder or vibration when accelerating. May be caused by play in the inboard or outboard joints, but the most likely cause is a worn inboard plunge joint. Similar vibrations can also be caused by a bad intermediate shaft bearing on transaxles with equal length halfshafts, or by bad motor mounts on FWD vehicles with transverse-mounted engines.
  • A vibration that increases with speed. This symptom is rarely caused by a failing CV joint. An out-of-balance tire or wheel, an out-of-round tire or wheel, or a bent rim are the more likely causes.

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OK, take it to PeP Boys or Someplace that does a free inspection and have teh CV joints inspected. YES, the symptoms you posted are a result or could be the result of faulty CV Joints. When there is play in the joints you get that thunk sound when you accelerate. The reason it doesn't repeat for a bit is because you have jammed the joint. Take it back to the dealer if you like and tell them you are tired of hearing teh Thunk and gear grinding and want it fixed under warranty now or you are reporting the problem to home office to begin the Arbitrator process.

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