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Is it safe to drive a car if constant velocity joints need replacing fiat punto?


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2006-08-17 12:28:45
2006-08-17 12:28:45

It is safe until one of them breaks, and that could happen at any moment. If I were you, I'd make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, if you don't get it fixed you've got a long walk ahead of you. If that joint should break, the car isn't going to go anywhere. That car needs two axles to make the car go and if one is broken or missing, the transmission will just spin. It is possible that a wheel could lock up, but I don't think it's very likely, but do you want to chance it? Can the failure of the joint possibly cause other damage to the car? Yes it will. If it breaks at highway speed the damage could be considerable. I have seen broken shafts rip out oil pans, brake lines (no brake line, no brakes) and crack transmissions. I would highly recommend getting it fixed as soon as possible.


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replace your CV joints (constant velocity joints) It's the two (or sometimes only one) 'knuckles' on your drive shaft under the van

a cv (constant velocity) joint is used to transmit power from drive train (engine, transmission) to the wheels like universal joints, but also allows wheels to turn (steer) in front drive vehicles

If you have a front-wheel-drive car, the first thing I would check would be the Constant Velocity (CV) joints.

Anytime there is an external clicking in the driveline, start with the constant velocity joints or u joints. The u joints are much more prone to making more of a clunk sound whereas the clicking is more closely aligned with CV joints. Hope this helps...

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The front-wheel drive ones do - two of them. One for each front wheel.

Universal joints (as used on a conventional prop shafts used in rear wheel drive cars) cause the output end off the shaft to rotate at varying speeds, while the input end rotates at a constant speed, i.e. it speeds up and slows down at it rotates. Using a CV or 'Constant Velocity' joint eliminates this variation in speed. The use of moveable joints in drive shafts is the allow for suspension/steering movements.

If your vehicle is a rear-wheel drive, u-joints on either end of driveline may need replacing.

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On a front wheel drive car probably a damaged constant velocity joint clattering

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No, they usually have something called a CV (constant velocity) joint which is sort of same, same but different.

When a constant velocity (CV) joint is going bad, you can hear an audible "clicking" noise when you turn the steering wheel. When a drive shaft u-joint is going bad, you will usually feel/hear a "clunk" when accelerating and/or coming to a stop,

To allow the drive axle to transmit same power while car is steering and axle/ hub angle is changing.

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