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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-12-2015, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Bad trans or bad cv axle?

Hello everyone. Recently, my car (1996 Intrepid 3.3) began making a faint howling noise when accelerating at speeds above 25 mph. Not long after, as I was bringing my car to a stop, something began making a terrible metal on metal sound, as the car would jerk to a hault. I was able to limp it into a parking lot while something in the car would "bind" up every few seconds.

My first thought was the trans went, but after looking it over today, I'm thinking my CV axle is what went bad. The boot had come completely off of the axle where it connects to the trans, but it gave no clicking noise warning, as most bad CV axles do. The trans still shifts into D and R and drives for a very short time until it binds up again, forcing the car to come to an abrupt stop. Attached is a video I took with the passenger wheel off, steering wheel turned all the way to the right, while giving the car throttle...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YED36Uv4ywc

Thank you in advance for the help. If any additional info is needed, please let me know.
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If the boot has come off and all the grease leaked out the cv axles can and will pretty much seize up. Had it happen to me once. Nearly put me into a guard rail at 70 on the highway. GSP Axles sold through Advance got an earful from me.
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If the boot has come off and all the grease leaked out the cv axles can and will pretty much seize up. Had it happen to me once. Nearly put me into a guard rail at 70 on the highway. GSP Axles sold through Advance got an earful from me.
Did the axle snap?
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Did the axle snap?
Nope. I was going down highway when my steering wheel started shaking violently with a massive pull to right (as in top was facing towards mirror to keep going straight.. I limped it to a gas station with it feeling like the rim was bent. Found the outer boot loose grease everywhere with the axle joint showing. I could see signs where the metal was starting to wear/shear/melt together.. Had friend bring me grease and I managed to stuff it full while rotating it and made it home 30 miles.

All on Thanksgiving night as a kicker.
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