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My chrysler pt cruiser is making clicking noises when i am braking slowly, what does this mean

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  • Kara Davies Apr 30, 2010

    i hit a biggish bump earlier, an thought maybe the brake pads had been unsettled

  • Kara Davies Apr 30, 2010

    is this a big job

  • Kara Davies Apr 30, 2010

    will it be a big or expensive job to repair, also as i have no manual, could u put me in the best direction to get one, please

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Depending on the noise this could be worn rotors. This could also be worn wheel bearings. It could also be worn ball joints and tie rods. It could also be CV joints that are worn which that is what i am leaning towards because only a few number of things can actually make a true click noise under you car.

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  • Alex Apr 30, 2010

    Well that may be something with your wheel bearing then if you hit a big bump. It is not often that your brakes will get damaged or loose from anything that happens with your car.

  • Alex Apr 30, 2010

    A clicking sound when turning is one of
    the classic symptoms of a worn or damaged "constant velocity"
    (CV) joint. Your car has four such joints on the two front axles:
    two inboard joints and two outboard joints. The outboard joints
    are the ones that make a clicking sound when they go bad. THis is what i thought was the problem at first and i still think it may be.
    Inside the joint are six steel balls, positioned in grooves
    between an inner race and an outer housing. The balls are held
    in position by a cage that looks something like a wide bracelet
    with windows or slots cut in it. When the joint is new, the balls
    fit tightly into the cage windows. But as the joint accumulates
    miles, the cage windows become worn and allow the balls to rattle
    around. The grooves in the inner race and outer housing also
    wear, which further contributes to noise.

    When driving straight, a worn CV joint is usually quiet
    (constant
    noise would indicate a bad wheel bearing or other problem). But
    when the wheels are turned to either side, or stress from braking, the joint bends causing
    the balls to click as they slide around in their cage windows
    and grooves. The noise is usually loudest when backing up with
    the wheels turned. Repacking the joint with grease won't help
    because the joint is worn and needs to be replaced.

    The "normal" life of a CV joint is usually 100,000
    miles or more. But a joint can fail prematurely if the rubber
    boot that surrounds it is damaged or develops a leak.



  • Alex May 01, 2010

    This can be a big job or it can be a small job depending on what you know about cars. All you need to do is buy a new axle around 100 dollars from a local parts store. Remove your wheel brakes center hub nut and pull the axle out of the hub and then out of the trans axle.

    Is there anything that i can assist you with don't be afraid to ask. I will do my best to help you with anything you need. Please rate me kindly as i try hard for everyone with there problems they have.


  • Alex May 07, 2010

    I'm sorry i havent gotten back to you sooner i have been working tons and tons, i think that napa for sure will have a service manual for you, if not they can most defiantly order one for you. They cost around 20 dollars

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Heat, the dust plate maybe making the noises, you will want to remove the tires to see if you can replicate the noise or see if the pads have something caught up in them also.

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