Wheels/CV axle

Asked by Jul 26, 2016 at 02:07 PM about the 2004 Pontiac Grand Am GT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2004 Grand Am GT, when I'm not moving and
turn the wheel it makes a clanking noise...when I'm
driving the front left wheel feels like it's vibrating so
bad t could come off. I have new shocks and struts
all around that didn't fix it. I looked at the left CV
Axle and I see no tear in the rubber seal. What
could this be???

3 Answers

35,205

Vibrations that occur when driving are caused by rotating parts, so it could be a CV axle, or wheel bearing. A 'clanking' noise from moving steering wheel side-to-side while stationary can be steering linkages (tie rods, drag link assembly, pitman arm). Try to isolate the sounds, maybe drive to a large open parking lot and steer all the way to the left or right in a tight circle, see if you get and crunching or popping noises from the CV joints. If you can jack the car up a little check the wheel bearings by pulling on top of tire or picking up on tire by hand (just google how to check for bad wheel bearings). The clanking noise and the vibrations may be separate symptoms of more than one thing wrong.

If I go to get a wheel alignment they should recognize the problem and pin point it right

35,205

Maybe. If it's something that's obvious like tie rod ends. CV axle? Not so much, as they won't be driving the car down the road. You can ask them to check, they can at least see if the boots are intact.

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