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Offline tataylor

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clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:51:00 am »
Hi all, wonder if anyone can help me with a clicking type noise coming from under ze xsara.

This noise seems to happen once per wheel rotation. Only with the front right wheel. At high speed the steering wheel vibrates but the clicking noise is not so audible although is still there. At low speeds the clicking is louder and becomes more of a clunking noise. This is worse when turning the steering wheel left or right and also rolling off full lock.

There?s nothing catching on the wheels anywhere. No loose bolts or stones etc. I got underneath the car and while spinning that wheel tracked the noise down to what I think is the driveshaft? Working from the wheel inwards, the pole that the wheel hub is attached to, its the first joint that you meet. It?s a rubber gaited joint which I?m guessing is full of bearings in a cage. There is no visible damage to this, no leaks or splits. I?m guessing things have slipped or worn inside. I also want to throw CV joint in there as a possibility?

Appreciate any advice. Cheers.

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 10:38:22 am »
That is the CV joint, and yes, that is probably the source of the clonks.
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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 10:49:34 am »
Okay thanks. Will it be a case of disassembling it and regreasing?  Or, as the gaiter isnt split or damaged, will a bearing have gone inside? Think I?ll have to visit a garage, doesn?t look like something I could sort. 50 - 60 quid you reckon?

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 11:03:50 am »
New joint - and I haven't a clue. If you get it done for 50/60 I'd be amazed.

Joint itself seems to be selling on Ebay for 15-25 quid or so, and the whole shaft and intermediate bearing has to be pulled from the diff, repaired then replaced and the oil refilled.
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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 11:30:57 am »
okay i'll see what i can get done for it. thanks a lot!

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 02:02:25 pm »
found a post from johnboy, incase anyone finds this first.

http://www.cxoc.net/index.php?topic=7765.0

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 02:30:26 pm »
Helpful, but you're after offside, so there's the intermediate bearing to deal with as well.
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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2011, 02:46:48 pm »
ha! my getting the right side of the car first would be a good start...  :D a booking for the garage it is then.

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2011, 05:20:25 pm »
Scratch that I'm going to have a stab at it myself since Citroen garage have quoted me ?350 to fix it.  :o I told him that I'd found replacement cv joints for way less than that online and I reckon a pro mechanic would fit it in an hour, at say ?60 an hour rate. I was told that Citroen don't make just replacement cv joints and they'd have to replace the whole drive shaft.

Anyone have any experience in this at all? What's the worst that can happen if I keep driving on it, in granny mode?

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2011, 05:30:46 pm »
It falls apart and drops to the floor. Depending what separates, could end up jamming into almost anything. Probably be OK for a wee while.

No Citroen don't make the joints - everyone else does tho'.

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2011, 06:20:20 pm »
New joint - and I haven't a clue. If you get it done for 50/60 I'd be amazed.

Joint itself seems to be selling on Ebay for 15-25 quid or so, and the whole shaft and intermediate bearing has to be pulled from the diff, repaired then replaced and the oil refilled.
can be done without removeing the shaft from the diff also leaving the intermediate bearing alone
,just the bottom ball joint and hub nut need undoing  O0

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2011, 07:07:36 pm »
Any special tools required? Iv got a standard tool kit, sockets, bits etc. Making it sound suspiciously easy...

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2011, 08:04:54 pm »
36mm socket for the hub nut,16mm or 17mm spaner and socket  O0

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2011, 09:36:52 am »
i have a NS driveshaft from a 1.8 VTR if anyone wants it. bought in error  ::)  that's about the most input you'll get from me, i can gladly say i've never had the misfortune to have to replace an OS one but i imagine it's not THAT hard, as in not a ?350 job, robbing gits  :knuppel2:

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Re: clicking noise - driveshaft or CV?
« Reply #14 on: July 12, 2011, 05:59:17 pm »
can be done without removeing the shaft from the diff also leaving the intermediate bearing alone
,just the bottom ball joint and hub nut need undoing  O0

is the way i did it, i did the N/S CV, watch you dont pop the shaft out when your taking the CV off