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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-18-2009, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Can an inner front axle joint make a clicking/ticking noise?

I have an 03 OBW 3.0l VDC with a 117k miles on it.

The front left inner boot was torn and leaking grease and was repaired by putting on a new boot 12,000 miles ago.

The car makes an intermittent clicking/ticking noise when driving straight. The noise does not seem to be affected by turns which is common for the outside CV joint.

This sound almost resembles a card in spokes of a bike. The sound seems like a metallic tick. It makes this noise at all speeds but is not as noticeable when driving faster. The noise is most noticeable if the windows are down and driving slower before wind noise interferes with hearing the clicking noise.

Can a inner axle joint make this clicking/ticking sound?

I have checked out the driveline and everything looks fine along with the exhaust heat shields, brakes, etc.

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It could, but here's a good test:

Get going, windows down, hear the noise, stick 'er in neutral and see if the clicking stays or goes away.

If it goes away it is probably a CV joint somewhere, if it stays it is likely something else.


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Problem fixed

I changed the left front CV axle half shaft and it fixed my clicking problem.

Thanks for the reply and suggestion CNY_Dave.


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So under no load the clicking went away?


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Dave,

When you let off of the gas it appeared that the clicking would go away.

After I took the axle off and moved it around by hand I did not get any noise or clicking. I guess that I was not able to apply enough torque to it.

IMHO if a boot has torn, it is best to replace the axle becuse you do not know how long it has been torn and chances are that grit/rocks have already gotten into the joint.



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Dave,

When you let off of the gas it appeared that the clicking would go away.

After I took the axle off and moved it around by hand I did not get any noise or clicking. I guess that I was not able to apply enough torque to it.

IMHO if a boot has torn, it is best to replace the axle becuse you do not know how long it has been torn and chances are that grit/rocks have already gotten into the joint.


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Thanks- when I suggest a diagnostic method I always try to follow up to see if that method worked, and should go into my bag of tricks, or did not and should be discarded.

Yeah, there are some significant forces involved, that clicking was probably caused by a very small movement and would only be noticeable under load. If you clamped it in a vice and turned the axle with a pipe-wrench, you might notice it.


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