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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-15-2007, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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CV Joint question

It sounds like the CV Joint in our '02 Forester is starting to go. Making a clicking sound when turning the wheel to the right and accellerating from a stop. Car has 105k miles on it, and no other real problems. Had both headgaskets replaced under warranty at 95k miles, and the radiator and radiator support, water pump, etc replaced under warranty at 45k miles. Otherwise no real issues.

Always have run stock sized rims and tires. No off-roading or hard use. Not sure what causes these things to go bad.

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1-Is it easier to just replace the axel than to replace the joint?
2-How hard is just a CV Joint replacement?
3-What would be the cost for either option?
4-Where is the best place to get the parts, and new, used, remanufactured?
5-If one is going, should I replace both?

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I wont be able to answer all your questions, but to give you an idea, my wife had been running our 95 Legacy with blown CV boots.
Apparently, there was some corrosion inside. I had both axles replaced with remanufactured ones.
My local mechanic charged me $370, which included both axles, inner and outer boots, and labor.

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it's quite easy to replace the axles yourself... as long as the bolts are rusted or stuck on...

you'll need an alignment afterwards though

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it's quite easy to replace the axles yourself... as long as the bolts are rusted or stuck on...
Are or aren't?

Concur though, changing a shaft isn't hard, not sure about changing just the joint (my Ford was easy) on some cars is a PITA. My local independant charged 50 (about $90) labour to change a CV joint on the wifes Toyota.

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Thanks guys. If I replace the whole axel it's not that tough. I'm not sure how hard it would be to do just the joint though.

Also, I would think that the same model year 2.5l Impreza and Legacy would have the same axel, no? I haven't been able to find a part number yet.

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I've looked on car-part.com and they seem to interchange the legacy, impreza and forester, so I'm not sure.

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I found a used axel for a couple of bucks. Less than 20k miles on it and 1/6th the price Subaru will charge me. I figure it's worth a shot.

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I just had my axle replaced because the CV joint on my 02 was going too, the clicking sound just got to loud when turning. I let it go for awhile but had to give in finally and just get it taken care of, cant remember how much it cost off the top of my head.

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I'm trying to decide if I want to tackle changing the front passenger CV joint myself. Does anyone out there have experience and perhaps instructions on the procedure?
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I was happy to find this so quickly.

I just purchased a 2002 Forester from the dealership, and so far it's been great. The only issue I've had started about 3 weeks after the 1 month warranty ran out. I started to hear this clicking sound whenever I turned, coming from the right front corner of the car.

I'll have to do a little more research to see if this is the problem, but so far it sounds like it's the same issue. Is there anything else it might be? I only notice the sound when I'm turning, and it's much louder when I'm making sharp turns at low speeds, such as parking and un-parking.
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Sounds like the CV joint. You can search, I've posted some previous links to some 'how-to' threads from someone replacing their axle. I've had to replace both inner CV boots, which requires rebuilding the inner joint while laying under the car, so I have some experience. Often, mechanics will just replace the axle instead (takes a fair amount of labor to lay under the car and rebuild).

I've also recently read threads where people got several bad remanufactured axles, so watch out for that.

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I was happy to find this so quickly.

I just purchased a 2002 Forester from the dealership, and so far it's been great. The only issue I've had started about 3 weeks after the 1 month warranty ran out. I started to hear this clicking sound whenever I turned, coming from the right front corner of the car.

I'll have to do a little more research to see if this is the problem, but so far it sounds like it's the same issue. Is there anything else it might be? I only notice the sound when I'm turning, and it's much louder when I'm making sharp turns at low speeds, such as parking and un-parking.
Changing the joint is very easy but try and stay away from anything but OEM as many memebrs on here have had nothing but trouble with the Lifetime Guaranteed aftermarket ones.
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The dealer has my car right now. I've given strict instructions to diagnose, but don't fix without calling me first. First, I want to haggle, since the clicking sound has been present since I bought it from them. I didn't start thinking it was a problem until about a month ago.
Then the **** hit the fan in my life, so I had to wait a couple weeks to sift through all my other problems. Now I'm finally back to the car.

If it is the CV joint, I have two guys who can help me fix it. My dad, and a coworker's brother. I'll bet you can guess which will do it for free.

I will watch out for the rebuilt ones, thanks for the warning.
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you'll need an alignment afterwards though
Huh ?? Not if you do it right ...

We have been doing the NEW Empi axles, about $95 and have very few issues with them ...way better than any Remans !!

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