Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2000 11:12:29 +0200
From: FVB <>
Subject: Re: CV joint on '87 900

Got the same problem on my 87 900 8v turbo. The mechanic said it's harmless. Just annoying. But I want to get rid of it too. I found one used CV joint but when I gave it to the mechanic he used it to change one of the two cv joints on the RIGHT hand side of the car although I had the same noise as you had on the left side of the car when cornering to the right. Apparently the one on the right side which he changed was in an even worse shape than the noisy one on the left. Conclusion: these things can even be worn out without giving audible warnings. He showed me the replaced cv joint and one could easily feel that there was some play within the joint cap. One noise did go away when he changed the cvjoint on the right: when I pushed down the front of the car before he did the job, the front would come back up with a rusty spring like noise (the kind of noise when you jump onto an old bed). That sound has gone now. I have meanwhile found another used cv joint so the mechanic can change the one on the left the next time I bring in the car for regular maintenance. There's no harm in using a used one when it's in good shape. You can feel by hand if there's any play. If so, don't use it. Not that it's dangerous in the short term but you'll need to redo the job after you've refitted everyting and you notice the noise is still there after you drive for half a minute. It was hard to find the source of the noise for me too. The mechanic first thought it was the rubber bushings of the shocks, which he needlessly replaced (low cost though). I hope this helps. Filip wrote: > Have a growling noise coming from the left front. The growling noise > is only present during RH sweeping turns when the LH front is loaded > up. It goes away when the right front tire is loaded. It also seems > present, although to a lessor degree, when at highway speeds. Again, a > slight turn to the left will eliminate the noise. > > Replaced the brakes(easy to do). Thought about the bearing for a > while. Decided to go ahead and do it since it would be a lot less > expensive than a CV joint. Unfortunately, once the new bearing was > installed, I was disappointed to find that the growl was still present. > > Soooo - I am a bit puzzled. Everyone tells me CV joints start clicking > when they wear out. I have rotated the tires since the growling > started so I am sure it is not a tire problem. There was no sign of > any unusual wear on any of the front end components I inspected. > > I can also get the growling by lifting off the throttle on a downhill > thus loading the wheel in the opposite direction from normal. This was > without any steering input although a slight jink to the left would > still reduce the growl. I suppose this could mean a CV problem. Any > ideas? > > Also, if it is the CV, were are some good sources? > Is a used CV joint a NO-NO (how would one tell if it was ready to go?) > > Thanks for the help in advance. > > Aerod > > Sent via > Before you buy.

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