Clicking when turning & braking, front end vibrations, CV Axle?
A month ago or so, the clicking noise started. I would notice it when I was braking or turning. It steadily got worse, to the point that I couldn't drive it, the front end was vibrating at 35+ like crazy, so I did some heavy reading and found that most likely the CV axles needing replacement. So this morning I look and sure enough, the driver side front axle boot is ripped in two, also note the passenger front looked fine, actually more than fine, boot was in great condition. Perfect, I know exactly what I need to do. I can fix it and be done.
I spent the afternoon replacing the driver side axle, not any problems. I take it out for a test drive. The problem is still there, and pretty much just as bad too. So now I'm frustrated. I realize that the axle need replacement anyways as the boot was torn, but it didnt solve my problem. And the passenger's side visual checks out fine, especially the boot.
Should I still replace the passenger side CV axle? Is it possible that even though it passes a visual inspection it's still the problem causer? Is there any other advice any has to possibly help diagnose what the problem is? For further reference, the transfer case (249) is going on it and will need to be replaced soon. Is it possible its related to that? It's been leaking a good bit recently it seems, though I keep the case full. Thanks for any helps guys.
Can you be any more specific about the noise and/or vibration? Does it feel like it is coming from one side or the other? Does it start out as a general steering vibration, then develop into "OMG my wheels are gonna come off!"
When you did your visual inspection, did you play with the steering components? Did you jack up the front end and check for play in the wheels?
Just trying to think of other things you can check to help narrow down issues, or find something that might get someone's light bulb go off.
There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over.
Ok. I have made some progress, I (very carefully!) got next to the vehicle while my wife turned tight corners and I listened for the clicking, sounded like the front axle. Turns out its a cv style front axle. That's adding up.... Took it off and drove it around the block and she drove like a champ! So I'm headed to a junkyard today (ps how hard is it get the pinion yoke if I want to swap in a u joint DS??)
I'm hoping that also solves my vibration problem, however, I did notice a little movement and give in the tie rod end at the pitman arm, on the drag link. Could that cause vibration?