97 Camry Popping/Clunk Sound

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Old 20 Apr 2006, 10:10 am   #1 (permalink)
John516
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Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Old 20 Apr 2006, 11:32 am   #2 (permalink)
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I guessing that it's your cv that's gone bad. Any good mechanic can check
it and tell you if it's bad.
"John516" <johnpcollinsjr@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
> the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
> I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
> front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
> possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
> Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.
>



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Old 20 Apr 2006, 11:38 am   #3 (permalink)
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John516, 4/20/2006, 11:10:20 AM,
<1145545820.244944.289500@v46g2000cwv.googlegroups .com> wrote:

> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot
> off the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't
> hear it. I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot
> for the right front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or
> broken. Is it possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot
> is not broken? Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on
> this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


My first guess would be the CV joint is bad. My second guess would be
some suspension part is worn or damaged.
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Old 21 Apr 2006, 06:31 am   #4 (permalink)
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"John516" <johnpcollinsjr@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1145545820.244944.289500@v46g2000cwv.googlegr oups.com...
> Recently, when turning while the car is in reverse, I started noticing
> a popping sound coming from the area near my right front tire. Now,
> when I accelerate quickly from a dead stop or drive away after being
> stopped on a hill, I'm hearing that same popping/clunk noise from the
> right front tire. When I'm stopped at a light and then take my foot off
> the brake, wait a second, and then gently accelerate, I don't hear it.
> I've had a couple of mechanics take a look at the cv boot for the right
> front tire, but they tell me that it's not cracked or broken. Is it
> possible that the cv joint has gone bad, but the boot is not broken?
> Or, is there something else going on? Any thoughts on this would be
> appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Usually, when a CV starts to wear-out, you can see the wheel concerned
jerking on a slow turn where you or an observer watches the wheel.
What makes the noise, is the balls in the CV joint travelling back and forth
in their worn tracks. As the balls go past a worn piece of track, they then
reach lessor worn track which causes them to jerk as they accomodate the
wider clearance. Its a bit hard to describe,..but thats my best description.

At highway speed and on long sweeping curves, a noisy CV will make a
definate "thrum thrum" noise, not dissimilar noise when drummimg your
fingers on a table.

The only other thing which canmake a similar noise is loose wheel-nuts or
lugs.

Jason


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