Clicking noise from front wheels

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Old 12-17-18, 06:57 PM
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Clicking noise from front wheels

My 2011 Toyota camry sometimes makes 2 to 3 clicking noise when making turns (unable to pinpoint if its right or left turn, sometimes its random). I googled this and found the issue possibly could be worn out CV joint.

I put the car on ramps and tried to inspect the CV joint but i did not see any damage to the rubber housing. Is it still possible to have bad CV even though the rubber housing is intact? My car has over 150k miles and not sure if the previous owner ever replaced the CV joints, should I go ahead and replace both left and right CV joints? Also, does the CV boots (not clear what that is) need replacing as well?
 
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Old 12-17-18, 07:23 PM
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I've never had a vehicle with CV joints but I've helped many friends work on them. Typically they bought an assembled replacement driveshaft/axle so as to not have to mess with the boots.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 02:30 AM
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Sure sounds like a CV joint to me. A CV joint can go bad even if the boot is intact. The purpose of the boot is to protect the joint from the elements and keep the grease in there.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 04:15 AM
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One of the outer CV joint. I have one making that noise for a years now. One day I will replace that axle. 14 year old car and in no hurry to fix.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 04:24 AM
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Endeavour, you didn't mention how many miles on it.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 07:54 AM
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He did. 150 000 miles.
Clicking is outer CV joint. If it clicks in R turn, it's left CV joint.
Truly, wheel needs to be not moving to check them out. What you should do is to jack one side, take round jaw large vise grip, lock it on axle shaft close to the outer boot, secure wheel in place with one hand, then move axle via vise grip back for. Play more then 5mm indicates worn out CV joint. Or, you can move wheel so that vise grip handle silts against control arm, secure vise grip to control arm by hand or coat hanger loop, and move wheel. Same difference.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 08:10 AM
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Oh, sorry Igor. Geez, I looked three times before I caught it.
 
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Old 12-18-18, 06:34 PM
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