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How long can I drive on worn out CV joints?

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by IndyDoug, Sep 29, 2008.

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  1. IndyDoug

    IndyDoug New Member

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    I have an annoying clicking sound coming from the front wheel. I think I need to replace the CV Joints. I'm a little short of cash. How long can I drive on worn out CV Joints? What damage can I do by delaying the CV joint replacement?

    2005 Prius. 94k miles.
  2. ron69424

    ron69424 New Member

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    Sorry to hear about the clicking noise. Does it make the noise when driving straight ahead? Is it mostly when making tight turns to the right or left? Can you tell which side is making the noise?

    It is unlikely that both sides are going bad at the same time. If one is clicking only in the turn you can probably keep driving with it for some time.

    Toyota wants about $450 for one new drive shaft. I got a low milage used one for $160.

    Good luck. Ron
  3. galaxee

    galaxee mostly benevolent

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    have you checked the boots and looked for thrown grease?

    if you ignore a cv joint, eventually the thing will seize or just break apart. either way, you will be looking at a tow and potentially some other damage depending on the scenario. if it's the cv joint clicking, make it an urgent priority. there's no way to tell how long it'll last.
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    man thats scary, if it was me, and i was a little short on cash, i probably would just leave it parked. and if i had to renew the registration, i'd file non operational until i had it fixed

    drop the insurance policy for 4 months and leave it parked in the garage!

    what does the extended warranty say about drive shafts and cv joints?
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    galaxee mostly benevolent

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    DH just replaced both rear axles on his car. he drove about 300 miles on them after they started making noise, but only because he had to get home. after that, it was parked until the parts were replaced. some things we'll drive on, clicking cv joints aren't on that list.
  6. richard schumacher

    richard schumacher shortbus driver

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    In other words, not very damn long. It can wreck the car and kill people.
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    You're playing Russian Roulette every time you drive it.
  8. jelloslug

    jelloslug It buffed right out!

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    They will last anywhere from minuets to years. There is really no way to know until you take it apart.
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    You will certainly know when it fails! the wheel basically falls off. Unfortunately this often seems to happen during high-speed travel.
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    I work at an auto auction. A car that I drove had worn CV joints. I drove the car about a mile and they snapped the car was unable to drive. Get them repaired as soon as possible. You can pay now and it won't be much or you can pay later when your stuck and need a two. Take everyone's advice, get it done. FishHawk
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