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rob83944 02-02-2004 01:17 PM

CV Joint Question
If a CV joint is "clicking" can you just regrease the joint or does it need to be replaced?

1983 944


ds475 02-02-2004 01:19 PM

i think clicking means they have to be replaced, but my friend said you can flip 'em around and put 'em back in and the clicking will stop. can anyone verify this?

Zero10 02-02-2004 02:03 PM

If you do, you're on borrowed time from what I hear.

bryanthompson 02-02-2004 02:30 PM

I had one clicking, so while I was doing something else back there I took it off and inspected it... I posted on this before, but here's what mine was:
So, i'll be replacing both joints on that axle. Someone suggested buying a whole new axle, but I think two new joints should do it.
Anyway, that one was clicking, and it had chipped places... yours might be the same.

944 boy 02-02-2004 04:46 PM

For the most part a whole new axle is cheeper. I was going to just get one CV but now i have two brand new CV's and a replacement if one from the other side starts to make noise. I got a whole axle plus hardware for 166.

Roger Hall 02-02-2004 04:48 PM

Yes you can reverse them. It puts the force on the oppisite side and it could solve your problem. If the damage is visable I would go ahead and replace the CV joint.

rob83944 02-03-2004 04:51 AM

Well, I have replaced the left rear axel with a donor from a late model 944 I bought from ebay for $50.00. The PO of the axel said there were only 53K miles on the car when it was wrecked. I re-greased the joints and installed it over the weekend.

I will pull apart the axel I removed and inspect and replace the CV joints and boots with new ones. I'll then install this axel on the right hand side.

I find that having the extra axel helped because I am not pressured to remove, repair and replace all on the weekend. I can now remove and reinstall then take my time to repair the broken part. I have done this with several repairs on the car.

I did this with my power steering rack by purchasing a used one then having mine sent out for repair.

It takes a few extra dollars and extra time to do the repair, but I know that by not rushing the repair, it will be done correctly and having the pleasure of doing the repair myself saves much more money than the extra cost of buying spare parts.

bryanthompson 02-03-2004 01:24 PM

I just ordered the right rear axle with CVs from Pelican with the 17mm tranny plug tool.. total $205. Should take care of my prooblem. Good luck with your CVs :)

palaxdad 02-03-2004 01:27 PM

I just replaced a half-shaft on mine today. Early '85 n/a. Paid $79.50 for rebuilt unit and $63.50 labor to my regular mechanic to replace it.

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