Joined: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Florida
CV joint replacement?
As long as I've owned my Sentra (almost two years), it has made muffled popping sounds while steering at low speeds. I never knew why and never worried about it. Well, within the last two weeks or so, it made a louder clicking sound in the morning while pulling out of the driveway; this has only happened twice. It only happened while steering while the car was stationary.
Anyways, it sounded similar to the telltale clicking sound of a bad CV joint and I was wondering if my CV joints are going bad. If they aren't bad, then what's making the sound? If they are bad, is it difficult to replace CV joints at home, without power tools (like with ratchets, screwdrivers, hammers, etc.), or can it be fixed for ~$300 at a shop? Also, where is the best place to buy replacement CV joints? How much would the parts cost?
I haven't looked in the factory service manual for the fixing procedure because you have to be a mechanic to understand any of the instructions.
Thanks in advance.