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Help think CV joint faulty but not sure what side?

Discussion in 'Astra, Corsa, Zafira, Meriva, Adam, Agila, Tigra & Nova [Includes AstraVan & ComboVan] owners forum' started by stevecuns, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. stevecuns

    stevecuns New Member

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    Hi,

    I think the CV joint has gone on my corsa. When you are turning Right the car makes the fast knocking noise ie du du du du du etc

    It does make the same noise when turning left but only just noticable.

    Can anybody tell me which side is more likely to be faulty. Or could both sides be faulty?

    Also I have seen on ebay replacement CV kits for my car at about 25 pound with P&P.

    Replacement driveshaft are around the same price, maybe a few pounds more.

    A friend has said that sometimes it is easier to just replace the driveshaft instead of just the CV joint? is this true.

    Any help much apreciated

    thanks

    Steve....
     
  2. cabriolet

    cabriolet New Member

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    fairly easy job fella about the same amount of work either way remove big nut in centre of hub remove bottom balljoint either remove gaiter from cv joint and expand internal circlip smack the cv joint put the new one on new gaiter jobs a good un or change the whole shaft[if u cant find a internal circlip in the joint hold it straight and knock it off the end] the noise is from the same side as u r turning
     
  3. stevecuns

    stevecuns New Member

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    Thanks for the reply,

    I have just ordered a cv joint + boot kit from ebay. cost 19 quid with P&P

    I am going to try and change it myself on Friday weather permiting.

    Can somebody please give me some step by step instructions or is it as straight forward as Cabriolet has explained already.

    Thanks

    Steve.....

    be aware I am no mechanik......:cool:
     
  4. GREYDJ

    GREYDJ CavWeb's Oldguy VxON Club Member

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    The failing joint will be on the outside of the corner you are taking when it makes a noise. In your case if you are turning right it will be the near or passenger side joint.

    If you are, as you say, no mechanic, it is not a task that I would want to do in your position.

    There are 3 potentially difficult jobs to do, undo the lower wishbone joint (may need as a minimum a joint splitter), undo the axle nut (32mm? socket and breaker bar) and CV joint (needs circlip pliers).

    This is safety critical work using special tools (which are not cheap and are not used often), unless you are confident find a mate who is a mechanic to help you. It will be cheaper and safer.
     
  5. chrisshu

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    Hi, the previous advice should be followed, the fitting is straight forward, BUT, if the nut isn't torqued right, the bearings will be shot quick smart. Chrisshu
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I will see if I can get somebody to fit it for me. Will post back with results......

    regards

    Steve.....
     
  7. cavwebmaster

    cavwebmaster CavWeb/VxON Forums Admin & Founder Staff / Administrator VxON Club Member

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    If the entire driveshaft is the same pprice of the CV joint on its own I would of gone for the former. Splitting the CV joint may cost you more as its more time consuming than just fitting the driveshaft.
     

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