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    Cv joint going bad ? Video attached

    Gday , I get occasional noise when driving , like a single crack/ping noise , is the cv joint bad ?

    Excessive play ?

    Car is in gear and jacked up for video
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    I've fortunately never had to do any repairs to cv joints so I can't help you, but it does seem like a lot of freeplay there. On something rear wheel drive like my commodore or falcon, the real wheel has some movement but nowhere near that much.

    Edit. Based on this YouTube clip I found, I'd say it was knackered. But wait until the brains trusts here comment. They'll know more than me.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66rd3...e_gdata_player
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    Doesn't seem unusual to me. That's no play in the shaft, that's backlash to the gearbox and the gears in the gearbox. You need to get under the car to check shaft play. Thread moved to appropriate section.

    If you hold the shaft with your hand and turn the hub and there is play between the midshaft and either end, then its likely a problem.
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    Cheers Thankyou , I moved the shaft and has a little play horizontally on both Sides , not sure if it suppose to ?

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    find a big car park, go full lock at walking pace, then feed the power in. the noise will tell you pretty quick
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    little bit is OK, couple of mm max. 5+ mm of play is too much

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    Yep I've tried the full lock turning and it does not make the noise . Only happens when not turning .

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    Replace the hub bearings…

    If it is a N14/N15
    http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/FRONT-WHE...-/201020361248
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    Thanks , it's a N16 - it's booked in to get a cv boot done so they will have a look at it and I will get them to do the left bearing also just in case , cheers guys

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    Now it's more prominent upon breaking and acceleration, has almost new brake pads and machined disc rotors , have not had a car that's done it before .

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    Cv joint going bad ? Video attached

    Cheers , Just a update , cv boot has been done but they could not find any other issues , go figure....

    Noise still present ,
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    Cv joint going bad ? Video attached

    This is now getting annoying, if I use the handbrake to slow or stop the noise disappears,

    Pads are 80% and discs have been machined 6 months ago ,

    Could it be the pads moving or brake play movement ? When braking or acceleration?

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    If i reverse out a driveway brake to a stop, then take off down the street, the first application of the brakes to slow down at the end of the street i can sometimes get a single knock which is pad movement usually. If its happening every time you brake then something doesn't sound right. You can try some of the brake squeak stop goo which is just high temp RTV silicone that basically sticks the pads to the caliper might help maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozzm0 View Post
    If i reverse out a driveway brake to a stop, then take off down the street, the first application of the brakes to slow down at the end of the street i can sometimes get a single knock which is pad movement usually. If its happening every time you brake then something doesn't sound right. You can try some of the brake squeak stop goo which is just high temp RTV silicone that basically sticks the pads to the caliper might help maybe.
    Cheers , I re-lubed the Brake guides and pad contact points last night also did the hi temp silicone ,
    But after test drive the noise was still present , bummer .

    Narrowed down the noise to low speed take off and slow speed stop , sort of a single crack type noise .

    When speed is above 20kmph with accelerate and braking no noise is happening ,

    I think the wheel bearing or left cv possibly has to be looked at again ?

    Thanks for the assistance guys . Much appreciated .

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    Just a update , I am persistent .

    Knock noise is getting more regular and a fraction louder ,

    I can now make the noise happen with handbrake on standing still with car under load , it's a manual .

    Not sure who is best to look at it ,

    suspension specialist ?

    transmission specialist ?

    Any clues ?

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    If you can now replicate the noise you should be able to get the car up on a 4 post lift and have a mechanic under the car looking for the noise. Any noise that can be replicated is a LOT easier to find.

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    Cheers Cozzm0 ,

    Took it to a franchise mechanic today....
    and he found a engine mount that was torn that I thought was ok , he thought it was the cause so went with it , he showed me the separation after part was out .

    After a checkover he did not catch any other issues , but admitted the noise is still there on occasions after engine mount replacement.

    I think next will be a suspension specialist.

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    Took this vid of when I am pushing down on quarter panel hard , might be related hopefully , anyone else familiar with the noise ?

    No excess play can be felt that I can tell


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    Cv joint going bad ? Video attached

    Update ,

    So I worked out what was causing the knock on the video , so called dead spring tapping each other , the springs were professionally fitted king springs ....

    But unfortunately it's not the cause of the take off and braking clunk noise .


    I fitted a stock standard strut/spring to passenger side from the wreckers but noise was still there , but one thing I did notice was the stupid idiot from a shock / spring company installed my top coil bracket around the wrong way , i.e. The arrow pointing In instead of Out direction as per factory manual , and was still not noticed when new shocks were fitted by a national chain mechanic a year ago .

    So I will fit correctly tomorrow and see , but that leave the cv joint or bearing as the main cause .
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