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    Ive had a clicking noise coming from the driver side front wheel for a few months now. My alignment is pretty off and noticeably pulling to the right when I drive hands off. The clicking sound increases with speed, it also gets louder when I turn right. It goes away when I turn left and stays constant when driving straight. However when its been raining or wet outside the clicking sound goes away.

    Ball joints and wheel bearings are all original at 195k miles....

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    Something to check, but I had a clicking sound that was driving me crazy for awhile until I found out it was a rock in the tread. Wheel bearing going bad isn't a clicking sound, but at 195K miles it wouldn't hurt to replace them anyway.

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    Check ur lug nuts one could be backing off causing ur wheel to click

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    Quote Originally Posted by only S/R View Post
    Drivers CV shaft /thread
    Educate this noob. A CV shaft? I know of the CV joint, but a CV shaft making a clicking noise? Also, anyway to test this?

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    the shaft is the axle, there are 2 cv joints per shaft, while replacing a joint is possible, it is time consuming and cofusing, where as a shaft replacement is relitivly simple.

    your outter joint has probably failed, only reason is age, and use. you can have a shop do this, or some of us here can do a quick how-to.

    how mechanical are you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by only S/R View Post
    the shaft is the axle, there are 2 cv joints per shaft, while replacing a joint is possible, it is time consuming and cofusing, where as a shaft replacement is relitivly simple.

    your outter joint has probably failed, only reason is age, and use. you can have a shop do this, or some of us here can do a quick how-to.

    how mechanical are you?
    Mechanically ive been able to do everything ive set out to so far without having to take it to a shop.

    Before all that, is there a way to test the CV shaft/joint without disassembling it?

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    reach under, and shake it like it stole your hot sauce

    itll have some play back and forth(toward/away from wheel) should have zero side to side

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    If it goes away wet, I'd expect to see a torn boot if an axle is suspect. How else would water lube it?
    Otherwise, a bearing is still a possibility. You could wet things down one at a time too to isolate it.
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    Have you checked your CV boot yet? To me it sound like it's torn. If that is it, once you get the clicking noise you might as well replace that axel.
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    I grabbed my shaft and gave it a good wiggle. Felt real solid, a little free play toward and away from the wheel and no movement towards the front or back of the car. Both boots look good, no damage and still clamped on nice n' tight.

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    take it to a parking lot and do circles left and then right. does it click?
    check your ball joint boots for any tears. same for the outer and even inner tie-rods.

    I grabbed my shaft and gave it a good wiggle.
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    Sure its not a brake pad clicking around? Does it go away braking?

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    replaced passenger side balljoint, 17mm bolt seized on driver side balljoint...trying to figure a way to get it out to replace it as boot is torn in half. Replaced brake pads and rotors. Noticed that cap thing on the driver side tie rod compared to the passenger side is turned a lot further toward the front of the car.

    Still getting a clicking noise but its a little quieter now...huh...

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