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    Veteran Member Three Rings Satummoo's Avatar
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    Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

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    Recently, i've noticed that when I am going from a stop to around 15mph while turning left, the front end of the car makes a clicking noise. Now here is some backround about the car:

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    -I've recently bought the car, and had the timing belt changed right after I bought it. Now I've never noticed the noise until after the timing belt job BUT, I've only driven the car proboly a total of 30 miles before the timing belt after I bought it.

    -The control arms were recently changed (from previous owner at dealer) I don't know how many but I belive on both sides

    Things i've checked through via SEARCH

    -Power Stearing: Aparently a way to check the pump and fluid levels is to turn the stearing wheel all the way left and right when parked. I did this and heard no noise

    -Control Arms: these seem to be the usual culprit but they were aparently changed (and by visual inspection) they seem so but I can't confirm how many were done

    One important thing to note is that the clicking noise increases by the amount of increasing speed. I would imagine this would be a major factor in diagnosing the problem.

    Any insight would be appreciated, I'd like to get this fixed.
    2003 A4 5speed, no sunroof, cloth seats
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    Veteran Member Three Rings
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    u need a new cv joint / axle
    2001.5 1.8T Manual Quattro Celebration | Startup Racing Vogtland Coilovers | Giac X Chip | SPP A pillar with VDO Gauge | Boxster/A8 Front brakes S4 rears | Neuspeed Catback VMR Testpipe |

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    Senior Member Two Rings DonnieD's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Squarrl View Post
    u need a new cv joint / axle
    Agreed.

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    Veteran Member Three Rings BSig A4's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    hey bud i have the same damn problem!!!
    but i have a b7 and its not the cv joint cause i had just got mine replaced on the side that it makes the noise on it actually started doing it 2 or 3 days after i had gotten the cv replaced and took it to the dealer and i i guess they couldnt find what was wrong is what they told me but im gunna take it back again soon if you find out whats wrong PM me cause i would LOVE to know haha

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    Senior Member Three Rings Jay B7's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Squarrl View Post
    u need a new cv joint / axle
    third this...
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    Established Member Two Rings DzeticVR's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay B7 View Post
    third this...
    yep,, have the same problem,.. thorn cv's =(.. but then i have the passenger side axels in the same condition and it doesnt knock,... anyone know why?
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    Veteran Member Three Rings Satummoo's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    ok, i've been out of town, but have a few more questions:

    -It seems that I just need an outer CV joint + boot. Now, acording to the Raxles.com site, the side that needs to be replaced is opposite to the side you're turning

    " Continues "clicking" sounds on sharp turns usually indicates a worn outer joint.
    Usually the sound is loudest on the joint opposite of the turning direction."

    So I get the noise when I turn left, does this mean I need to replace the passenger side? It seems like the noise is from the driver side though but it's hard to tell.


    Also, should I replace the entire axle or just the outer joint. The price difference is huge but aparently "raxles don't break". Is Inner and outer CV joint and boot breakage a big problem with b5's?

    Also, raxles uses a different type of technology for their axles, if I replace one axle, will it affect suspension geometry?
    2003 A4 5speed, no sunroof, cloth seats
    GT71R, Genesis II 500 injectors, Moteza Tune

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    Veteran Member Four Rings S4_NE's Avatar
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    Re: Car Clicks & Clunks when turning left - Searched and need Help

    I run raxles on the front of my sdn and they work fine ,
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