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What are the signs of a bad half shaft?

So the other day my step son tells me it seems like the half shafts are going. So I take the car for a drive and I feel nothing. He says it clicks when he is turning, again I hear nothing. So maybe I'm old and can't hear as well anymore. What are sure signs the halfshaft is going? Can you tell my trying to move them by hand or rotate the wheels?
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Look at the rubber boots on them and see if they are torn. Another good indicator is if there is a bunch of grease thrown all over the place
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Nope, looked at them and they look just fine, no grease or tears in the boots. I jacked it up and checked the bearings and they were fine. Pulled the wheels and checked the hallfshafts visually and they looked fine to. I grabbed hold of them to see if there was a ton of play and they seemed ok there too.
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So what are the symptoms I should look for while driving?
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a shake under acceleration, and it quits when you let off the gas,, sure sign inner joints are bad,, wait,, let me rephrase that,, under MOST cases it means inner joints,
a hard turn to the left or right and a click, click, type noise means outter joints
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on a first gen right?
mine is clicking when i turn mildy sharp to the left, and shakes when i accelerate from about 65-up.
how would i check/replace? i have no idea what halfshafts are or how to replace them
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Stops

Turn it hard to the stops in either direction and then drive. If you hear grinding or clicking, it's time to replace them. I just had mine done, and not only did it stop the noise it tightened up the front end considerably. Next: timing belt.
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half shaft is the drive axle,, clicking to the left usually means the right joint, its under the front of the car
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thanks.
not to, high-jack your thread. but this is what mine is doing
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thanks.
not to, high-jack your thread. but this is what mine is doing
That sounds like your steering shaft has a bad joint, there are alot of GMs that make similar noises and the dealers use a grease kit to pump up the slide shaft.
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