CV joint going south

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Old 02-15-09, 02:37 PM
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CV joint going south

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I was wondering approximately how many miles a cv joint would last when it is just barely making the Fisher Price lwan mower sound while turning. I doubt that it matters but the vehicle is a 95 VW Jetta III with the 2.0L 4 banger and just shy of 215,000 on it.
 
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Old 02-15-09, 02:46 PM
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Well..you can drive it til it just leaves you dead in the water...or spend about $150 (don't think it's too much more than that) and get it fixed. All depends on your driving habits from what I know.
 
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Old 02-15-09, 03:22 PM
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no set time or milage limit, gg has it correct it depends on how you drive, but unless you like being stranded at the most in opertune time you should get it fixed asap.

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Old 02-15-09, 03:26 PM
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CV joints are cheap and easy. You can get one for about 70$ and they are pretty easy to change. There is no set time for a cv joint to go bad but if you got 215,000 miles then you got your moneys worth out of it.
 
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Old 02-16-09, 05:12 AM
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Oh, definitely drive it until you're stranded; we tow_guys need the business!
 
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cant say ive ever seen one fail completly to the point it stranded someone, ive seen half shafts break but the joints was still intact the noise should get worse and you may notice a vibration when it gets real loose.
tow guy how many vehicles have you towed for a bad cv joint?
 
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Old 02-16-09, 01:52 PM
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Quite a few, but I confess I don't recall one that has actually failed and been undriveable.
 
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Old 02-16-09, 02:09 PM
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That axle is being changed in a week or two before the noise drives me out of my skull. Thank goodness for the IRS refund. I have had to do axles before, it was just a wondering type of thing about how long it will last. Thank you much for the input. This is a step or two above my level of incompetence so I am getting it done by my mechanic (VW specialist).
 

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Old 02-16-09, 02:19 PM
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No idea if that axle was original since I did buy the car used. The one on the other side is remanufactured due to bending the one that came with the car in an accident due to losing a wheel cylinder, then my brakes and finally stopping between a Nissan Exterra and a BMW X5 (not sure of # it was the SUV).
 
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