car making noise

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Jimmy, Jun 18, 2007.

  1. Jimmy

    Jimmy Guest

    my car is makeing a knocking noise only when i turn right.. sounds
    like it is coming out of the back tire but i cant tell because i only
    hear it when im driving it... any ideas?? thanks alot guys....
    Jimmy, Jun 18, 2007
  2. Jimmy

    blueoct71 Guest

    If you feel a pulsing through the brake pedal as you turn right then
    it most likely is your CV joints (front wheels). While parked turn
    the front wheels as far as they will go and then look under your car
    where the axle meets the wheel (check right wheel first since you hear
    the sound on right turns). There will be a rubber boot (cone shaped);
    the boot holds grease that lubricates the ball joint. Over time the
    boots dry rot and eventually split, which will let in dirt and water.
    Both Hondas I've owned have done this (Right wheel on both cars,
    probably because you make more right turns than left) . ...I believe
    it happened somewhere around 80-85k miles. If it's broken... (my
    mechanic told me) have two choices: have the CV joint replaced
    (It's been a while since I've had it replaced so I don't remember the
    cost but it's not cheap...maybe around $350 labor and $150 - 200 for
    the parts, that may be for only one axle; call a repair shop or
    dealership and they will tell you. Second option is to drive it until
    you can't stand the noise anymore. On my first Honda I took the
    second option because once the damage is done there's nothing you can
    do about it and I was in school so money was tight. I waited 2 years
    before I replaced the joint. I asked the mechanic what the risk of
    taking option 2 was and he said that eventually the ball joint will
    dry out and the wheel will freeze up but that the noise would really
    bother me before that happened. On the second Honda (the one I still
    drive) I caught the split boot before damage was done and just
    replaced the boots. Replacing only the boot is still expensive
    because the labor is almost the same as replacing the whole axle but
    you're not paying for a new CV joint. If replacing, I would only
    replace the bad one. The left boot on both of my cars never broke and
    my first Honda was 12 years old before I sold it and my current Honda
    is 10.
    blueoct71, Jun 20, 2007
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