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When my car gets up to about 20 mph, it makes an annoying clicking sound...wut could it be?

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  • treybrasel13 Feb 01, 2010

    dangerous to drive?

  • treybrasel13 Feb 01, 2010

    dangerous to drive?

  • treybrasel13 Feb 01, 2010

    it sounds like its coming from the drivers front wheel, and when you get fast enough..say 60 mph it will stop..when the car slows down, so does the sound

  • David Deveaux
    David Deveaux May 11, 2010

    Could be a bunch of stuff. Can you localize the sound to a part? Like a tire, or somewhere under the hood, inside or outside the car? Does it get louder? Does the sound speed up?

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I suspect the CV joints, and possibly the wheel bearings.
It is easier to replace the entire half shaft $100, than it is to repair the boots on the CJ joints. If you are low in $, then the boot kit will be cheaper $30, but more labor for you. Since it is clicking, I would get a new one anyways.
This job is not very difficult. Lift bad tire off ground. Remove tire. Remove center hub bolt, with a big hex(allen) socket. It is very tight, around 150lbs. Spray some PB Breaker on it and let it set for over 1 hour. Use breaker bar and/or impact wrench to loosen a little at a time. Remove rotor. Hang brake calipers with wire from strut spring. Do not disconnect brake line. Remove speed sensor, and wrap in soft cloth to keep safe. Detatch steering knuckle, and upper control arms and swing to the side. The shaft can now be removed. Find the easiest bolt to access, and turn the shaft in Neutral to access all bolts from the same spot.
New shaft, be careful not to bend the joints over 45 degrees, or it can cause some damage.
Might as well check the bearing for any leaks, but the bearing will have to be done at a shop. The rear bearing can be changed at home, but the front needs a press.

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Could be cv joints

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  • Roger Miller Feb 01, 2010

    sounds like the cv joints are bad to me!

  • Roger Miller Feb 01, 2010

    almost forgot! yes it is dangerous to drive!

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