Popping Noise when turning CV axle?

Tiny
ANTALGIC
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I just got my car to get looked at because when I am making turns left or right there is a strange popping noise. This only happens at slow sharp turns. My first thought was cv's however, they informed me that everything was good I had good ball joints, cv, bearings and everything looked tight. They said the problem was in the steering in general. Any idea of what the problem in the steering could be and what price range would it run me? Thank you.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2015 AT 6:04 AM

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Tiny
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Hello,

This sounds like you have a bearing hub going out and/or the CV axles need to be replaced. Here are instructions in the diagrams below to help you see how to change them out. Here are two guides to help walk you through the repair with diagrams below for you car.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-cv-axle

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https://www.2carpros.com/articles/bearing-hub-replacement

Can you please shoot a quick video with your phone so we can hear the noise? that would be great. You can upload it here with your response. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find. We are interested to see what it is.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2015 AT 6:52 AM
Tiny
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If I go to an empty lot and put make my car do a complete circle, wheel all the way left or right, it makes the noise. If it is the bushings will it get a lot worse? Because i'm waiting for income tax in order to get it fixed which could be a month at the latest. Do you think it will hold up?
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Saturday, January 10th, 2015 AT 7:24 AM
Tiny
JOHNNYT73
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You should be fine till then. It may get a little worse.
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Saturday, January 10th, 2015 AT 7:33 AM
Tiny
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My mechanic friend looked at it and told me that it was the bearing hub on the right side I got anew one for $210.00 all fixed I love this site.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2015 AT 10:03 AM
Tiny
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Glad you could get it fixed, that kind of problem can be tough. Please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.
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Sunday, January 11th, 2015 AT 10:37 AM
Tiny
NORMN1
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On my '05 Impala I keep hearing a low pitched droning noise when driving.
My dealer replaced the front wheel bearings a week ago, but the noise persists.
Am I jumping the gun in assuming it could be due to worn cv joints, or shaft bearings in the trans.
Or just out of balance wheels?
I am sort of thinking that the dealer doesnt want to eat the replacement costs by diagnosing/replacing them under warranty.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Best way to check the CV is to drive on flat, dry surface with all windows unrolled, while driving make slow steady turns left and right and then more drastic turns, if you hear a clicking noise the cv's are bad.

If thats not it, it could be the wheels out of balance, road noise, trans problem to name a few.

The dealership has to fix it if its under warrenty, have them do it, thats what the warrenty is for.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
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KIMHG
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I recently had my cv boots regreased on the advice of a mechanic that I know but then I was told by another that this is wrong that you never do that. Is the boot suppose to be full of grease or not?
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BEN69
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It should be greased but not right full to the top of the boot with grease.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
CARDUDE28
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I don't know why they would need to be re-greased. I've never heard of that. Unless there is a hole in the boot, there is nowhere for the grease to escape to. It doesn't wear out or need to be changed or topped off. If the boot breaks or tears, then replace the boot and use fresh grease. Most will come with a packet of grease with the correct amount. Methinks you may have gotten duped on this one.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
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VELVETVENUS
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I have a broken cv boot on the pasenger side of my impala, but have no noise or problems yet, how long can I go until I need to give this attention? I have packing grease all over that side of my motor and belts. I have to take a 600 mile trip next week and need to know how dangerous it is to wait. It's only going to cost $150 to fix it including something to do with the axl but am short on funds. Thanks
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
RHALL77
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The longer it is exposed the worst off you are. Get it fixed asap before further damage can occur. Sand from the roads can be nasty for the cy joint it self
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
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NICKLIN
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Can you give me a ballpark dollar amount to have the cv joint replaced in 2004 Chevy Impala Sedan. Has 67K miles/excellant cond. Front wheel drive.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHER1
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You will be replacing the whole C/V axle with a remanufactured unit. Most shop will charge between $225 and $400.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
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D. MASON
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How do you remove the inner CV joint from the trans axle?
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MERLIN2021
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They have a cup attachment for slide hammers for this job, or I used to use two long prybars and pop it out.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
PHONEGUY70
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How to replace cv joints on 2000 chevy impala
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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Raise and support vehicle. Remove wheel. Disconnect ABS wheel speed sensor, and remove harness from clips. Remove stabilizer shaft link. Insert drift into caliper and rotor (to prevent it from turning), and remove axle shaft nut and washer.
It is unnecessary to remove suspension components for Lumina model. Go to step 3. Disconnect outer tie rod from steering knuckle by removing nut, loosening jam (adjuster) nut, and pulling tie rod with Universal Steering Linkage Puller (J-24319-B). Remove cotter pin from lower control arm-to-knuckle ball stud nut. Loosen nut. Install Ball Joint/Stud Separator (J-41820), separate ball stud from knuckle, and remove ball stud nut.
Separate axle shaft from axle shaft bearing using Hub Spindle Remover (J-42129). Nut can be partially reinstalled to protect threads.
For right-side of Intrigue, top and front transaxle brace bolts must be removed for tool access. Remove axle shaft from transaxle using Axle Shaft Remover (J-33008-A), Axle Shaft Remover Extension (J-29794) and Slide Hammer (J-2619-01).
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 3:59 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HOOTIE1
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I have a 2000 Chevy Impala. I took it in for a tire rotation and they told me the drivers side CV axle boot was leaking grease. After confirming, I ordered a rebuilt CV axle and prepared to install it. As I was pulling the spinder apart, I notice the wheel bearing tight. Brought the wheel hub assembly in and the folks at the auto store recommended replacing it and the out tie rod as well. As I put all back together and made sure the tie rod was turned in the same amount of turns as the old one was removed. My question is my steering now pulls to the left as I am driving. Do I need to have an alignment done on the car?
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 4:00 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Absolutely. Screwing in the tie rod end as many turns as the old one is a real good way to get it somewhat close, but when the alignment mechanic adjusts it, a quarter turn can be the difference between no tire wear and horrendous wear. No two tie rod ends are the same. If they were, we wouldn't need alignment shops and their $20,000.00 alignment computers.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 AT 4:00 PM (Merged)

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