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CV Joints FAQ

4 Signs of a Bad CV Axle/Half Shaft

1. "Clicking" Noises When Turning.

2. A Knocking Sound. ...

3. Grease on the Inside or Edge of the Tires.
    The CV axle joint has boots that contain grease while the axle spins, keeping it from
    leaking. ...

4 Vibration While Driving. This is a tricky one, since there are many things that could cause vibration when you drive. .

A severely worn out CV joint can even disintegrate while you're driving and make the car undrivable.

You may lose control of the vehicle entirely. It is not safe to drive with a damaged CV joint.

Look for some symptoms of a failing CV joint to have it repaired before it becomes unsafe to operate the vehicle.

Well, the short answer to the question is about five months.

But by the end of your fifth month, you should take your car to a mechanic to get the faulty part replaced.

Anything longer than five months isn't a safe choice for you or your car.

It is however advisable to replace the CV Joint as soon as possible

About 80,000 miles
The axle shafts on the car have a knuckle where it turns and goes to the wheels.

This knuckle is covered by the CV boot. The CV boot is used constantly when the car is in use. Usually, the CV boots will last about 80,000 miles before they have to be replaced.

CV joints and boots can be replaced individually, but most professional technicians and even do-it-yourselfers prefer to replace the whole halfshaft assembly with a remanufactured shaft.

On a high-mileage vehicle with a bad CV joint or boot, it's often a good idea to replace both shafts at the same time.

Suspension Repairs

The parts that need to be included in the suspension repair are the springs, shock absorbers, and the anti-sway bars.

Typically, both sides of the suspension system should be replaced at the same time to prevent any stress placed on the new parts by the older parts still there.

Car rides roughly. Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to "bounce." A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle's suspension needs work.

1. Car rides roughly
Most people can tell their shocks or struts are wearing out when they begin to feel every bump in the road, or when every bump causes the vehicle body to "bounce." A rough ride is an obvious sign that your vehicle's suspension needs work.

2. Drifting or pulling during turns
With a failing suspension system, you'll often feel the vehicle "drift" or "pull" when you're turning. This basically means the shocks are no longer keeping the vehicle body stable against the centrifugal force of a turn, increasing your risk of a rollover. If you feel this sensation while turning, it's time to take the car to a trusted auto repair shop for servicing.

3. Dips or "nose dives" when stopping
When the shocks are worn out, you're likely to feel the vehicle body lurching forward and downward nose-first when you apply the brakes firmly. This can actually affect your ability to stop the car quickly (a bad suspension can increase stop time by up to 20 percent).

4. Uneven tire treads
Take a look at your tires. If you notice the tread is wearing down unevenly on your tires, or if you notice balding spots, this is often a symptom that the suspension isn't holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.

5. Damaged, "oily" shocks
If you can look under the vehicle, take a look directly at the shocks or struts. If they look greasy or oily, there's a good chance that they are leaking fluid and therefore aren't working properly. It's probably time to get those shocks replaced.

6. Try the "bounce test"
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in "park," press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, "bounce" it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.

A sudden shock from a pothole or other obstruction in the road can damage this system.

Over time, these shocks will wear out the components of your vehicle suspension, thus reducing the life of these components.

As an experienced driver, you know that potholes and rough roads are part of life, especially during winter

Power Steering Repairs

1. Steering Wheel is Very Stiff.

2. Loose Steering Wheel.

3. Whining/Groaning Noises.

4. Squealing Noise (When the Vehicle Starts)

5.Steering Slow to Respond.

Power steering systems require hydraulic fluid to operate.

Hydraulic power steering fluid can leak from worn or damaged hoses and failing seals.

When enough fluid is lost, the power steering pump can overheat or wear out prematurely, resulting in a loss of hydraulic pressure and failure of the power steering system.

Driving your car for extended periods without power steering fluid can damage the pump.

While there's nothing that physically stops you from driving your car if you have a power steering fluid leak, once the level drops, your pump runs dry.

This causes increased friction and heat and can quickly cause expensive damage.

Brake Repairs

A brake job usually involves replacing the brake linings (which means replacing the brake pads and/or shoes), resurfacing the rotors and/or drums, adding new brake fluid and bleeding the system as needed, and looking for other worn components

You can't plan on needing brake service on a set schedule, say every 20,000 or 50,000 miles.

Brakes can wear out after 18,000 or 60,000. It depends on individual driving habits and road conditions.

Depending on the severity of the damage, it's possible to drive the car for a while before the brakes completely wear down.

However, this isn't advisable for two reasons: It's not safe. Driving on grinding brakes will only make the issue worse and increase the cost of repair.

Squealing noise:
Some squealing noise coming from the brakes is expected under normal driving conditions, depending on the cleanliness of your brakes, the materials used for your brake pads and the weather. However, a loud screeching sound is a warning that brake pads may need replacing. Some brake pads use a semi-metallic layer within the brake pad material or an external sensor designed to screech when the brake pad is due to be replaced. This screeching noise can be heard even when the brakes aren’t being used. If you wait too long at this point, the screeching noise will be replaced by a grinding noise which means the brake pads have worn down completely, and potentially can generate additional costs by damaging the brake disc.


Warning light:
Some cars have a warning light on the dashboard to let you know when your brakes need attention. Most sensors have the same lifespan as the brake pad, so they need to be replaced along with the brake pads. Before you rely on this method, it’s best to check your owners’ manual as not all cars are fitted with brake pad sensors.


Car pulling to one side:
If your car feels like it is pulling to one side or the other while you’re driving, it could be a sign of worn out brake pads or that the caliper guide pins or piston is sticking.


Visual check:
It’s a good idea to visually check your brakes regularly, for example every 10,000 miles (approximately 16,000 km). This is extremely important if your car doesn’t have sensors. You can visually check the brake pads by looking through the spokes of the car’s wheel. If less than 3mm of the brake pad is visible, then they need to be replaced.


Vibrations:
If you feel your car vibrating as you brake, it is a sign that your brake discs might be abnormally worn or have suffered thermal damage following severe braking.

Gearbox Repairs

Typically, when a vehicle is losing one or more gears, it is most likely a problem with your transmission or gear shifter.

If the problem lies with the inner parts of the transmission, you will need to have it serviced or replaced by a professional mechanic who specializes in transmission repair.

Transmission won't engage or stay in gear. ...

Shifts are delayed or missing gears. ...

Transmission slipping or engine is revving high. ...

Transmission fluid is leaking. ...

If there's a burning smell. ...

If there is buzzing, clunking, humming noise. ...

Car has no power.

Fluid that protects and lubricates bearings and gears breaks down overtime and gets corroded. Changing the fluid helps.

Protect gears with proper lubrication.

Protect against bearings and gear failures.

Short answer: no!

The only thing you should do if you think you have a faulty transmission is go for a quick jaunt to your local mechanic.

If you have a bad transmission it's only a matter of time before your vehicle literally won't be able to drive anywhere.


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