Question about 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora

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Last winter my passenger side cv joint busted in half, im still not sure what could have caused it but i had my brothers help me replace it and we got it on but it felt funy and my brake rubbed on the rotor for a while but that prob went away, but the car has always been hard to handle, well yesterday i took the tires off the front and checked and saw that on the drivers side the cv joint was firm when i try to wiggle it, but on the passenger side(the side they helped me with) it was wiggly, now i know this shouldnt be wiggling but could this have happened before because of something else being wrong with my suspension or something? or did we just not put it on all the way when we replaced it?

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  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 02, 2010

    when you did the first replacement, did you change the whole axle or just the joint? CV joints are tricky, so I always just replace the whole axle. I don't think you can do it wrong as long as the splines go in both in the transmission and into the hub and torque the nut.

  • davekraklio Sep 03, 2010

    yeah, idk much about car parts, but i know it was the whole passenger side axle which included the thing that goes into the center of the hub and the other side goes into the trans., that was the part that broke before, that case that held the gears and bearings, (bearings i think) busted in half and i had a cv joint flopping around under the car everytime i started it. i know this is probably not much more clearer than my last post but im not very car savvy! hope it helps though!

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 03, 2010

    OK, if the joint is bad, it will probably clunk in a sharp turn. Try turning the wheel all the way in each direction and drive in circles. If it is bad, maybe you should have a professional replace it this time. I don't know what your friends might have done wrong, but have never seen these wear out except when the boot tears open allowing dirt into the joint. It could be that the replacement axle was not rebuilt right at the factory.

  • davekraklio Sep 04, 2010

    okay so today i was driving down a road that was high up ( low ditches) of coarse its WINDY out so my car was going side to side all down the road, found out my back shock is busted and the air hose was cut , looks like a diagonal cut, so thats another thing to add to my already building repair list, THE CLUNKING was what it was doing before it busted the first time, then one day i floored it out of a parking lot and it busted in half and the ?bearing holder? was broken in three pices all over the street.... and when they put the new one on they did have to use a piece of 2x4 to get it in the trans so idk that might have tore the boot, either way i'm not too what caused it to go the first time, but maybe just being old? i did have no pwr steering for like 2 months though maybe that wore out that side or something :P

  • davekraklio Sep 05, 2010

    no no i can't move it in or out of the trans, just the rod part of the joint when i try to move it, it was movable but only front to back not side to side its stuck in the trans thought it just the i think the boots messed up and its not solid inside it anymore :(



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I have done several of these and the repair if fairly straight forward - BUT, you absolutely must make sure the side of the shaft that goes into the TRANs, that the slip ring seats inside the trannie. If it doesn't it will allow play and cause the trannie to leak and likely ruin the axle shaft bearing.

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  • davekraklio Sep 04, 2010

    uh that might be it, would that ring missing make it hard to get the joint into the tranny, because im not sure what they did they might have misplaced that ring we were working out in the melting snow and they didnt know what they were doing but they're farmboys lol they fix anything! Also my trans does not leak anywhere on the ground its clean except for water from a/c whch has been leaking in the passenger side floor i think , lol or it might be from when i went flying through a DEEEEP puddle, but its just on the front passenger side floor,. any way little off topic so yeah ill take my car and check this problem out cuz i think it has to do with aLOT more than just a ring, might just be that its not well maintained, i sorta beat the car when i first got it(teenage joyridin') doin' 136 down a shitty road that sorta stuff :D

  • William Charnigo Sep 04, 2010

    When the shaft is pushed into the transmission you need to give it a good quick push and you will feel the ring snap in. At this point the shaft will be locked in place and won't pull out unless you pry it out. If you can move the shaft in and out with your had - it is NOT locked in. It's a little hard to do because you have to check the shaft between the transmission and the first CV joint - because the joint itself will allow movement and that's ok.



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