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Clicking Noise

Q: What might cause a clicking noise when I turn sharply on my front-wheel drive car?

A: Worn CV joints can cause a clicking noise. CV (Constant Velocity) joints are used on front-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drive vehicles. The CV shaft transfers power from the transmission to the wheels. The joint is the flexible part in the shaft. It needs to be flexible to allow for suspension movement and turning. If the boot around the CV joint gets torn, dirt and moisture may enter and the grease in the joint may come out. Foreign particles, with the absence of a sufficient quantity of grease, corrode and ruin the joint. Eventually if the joint is not replaced it will break and you will need to be towed.