The CV joint on a vehicle is critical in protecting the bearing that help the wheels of the vehicle turn. Without good maintenance of this critical part, your car or truck will eventually have problems with turning and driving in general. Here are some of the first signs of problems with the CV joint that you should be aware of.
1. Torn CV Joint Boots
The CV joint is covered by an accordion rubber part called the CV joint boot. If this is torn, that’s a sign that something bad could be happening to your CV joint.
2. Contaminated Grease
Inside the CV joint boot, there is grease packed around a bearing. The torn CV joint boot can allow dirt and debris to get into the grease, or allow the grease to fall out. Either one can damage the internal workings of the CV joint.
3. Grinding Noise
As the grease falls out of the CV joint, the bearing will get dry, and the driver will usually hear a grinding noise when turning the wheels. This is a sign that the damage to your CV joint is substantial. Without quick repair, the problems represented by this grinding noise could lead to failure of the CV joint.