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  • darcyjo
    darcyjo - 2008 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 3/5/2012
    How long can I drive my car safely if the cv joints are shot and making extremely loud clunking noise when turning?
    Is it unsafe to drive at high speeds if cv joints are shot even though it doesnt make a loud clunking noise when driving straight and fast? Only when I take sharp turns at low speeds do I hear the loud clunk
    • Jimm
      3/4/2012 Jimm
      Possibly - the noise and wear to the CV joints will only get worse with added mileage. Best to have the worn CV joints / driveshaft halfshafts replaced as soon as possible.
      Try the many on-line auto parts sources, such as; or for the replacement parts.
      3/4/2012 darcyjo
      Thank You, Jimm. I appreciate you taking time to answer! I will need to take it into a shop. I am not mechanically inclined. Do you have any idea what that may cost at a shop??
    • Jimm
      3/4/2012 Jimm
      The actual costs may vary widely - even within the same locality and area - between adjacent and neighboring repair shops.
      Best to have several estimates; try the 'Estimate Cost' and 'Find-A-Shop' features on this AutoMD website - for starters. Also, take the time to review the actual repair - try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on the Auto MD website. The repair guides show an actual constant velocity (CV) and axle shaft replacement from start to finish - this is an excellent method of learning more about this type of repair and what is involved.

      Be sure have any estimate presented; in writing - with full details; the parts, the labor, the warranty, the exact service - in plain language where you know exactly what you are paying for - with no surprises. If you do not understand any aspect - ask questions and be persistent until you have a full understanding of the work performed and the resulting surgery on your wallet!
      Do not be afraid to walk away - take all the time necessary to obtain several estimates from honest and reputable repair shops that; A) want your business for both the short and long term, and B) will help you understand the exact repairs you are paying for.
      By the way, be sure to have the written estimate include a wheel alignment along with the replacement CV axles repair / replacement. The alignment must also have it's own separate warranty independent of the repairs performed.
      Researching the parts cost is simple; try the following websites; or They (Rock Auto) list the CV halfshaft assemblies (right and left sides) from around $ 46.00 each for your vehicle. Of course, this does not include the labor nor alignment costs.
    • Gramboz321
      3/5/2012 Gramboz321
      well you can drive it until they break haha but its best to fix it before that so you save yourself a tow bill.
  • Johan
    Johan - 2006 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/25/2012
    What is wrong? Do I need to tow it in?
    I hit the curb. My right front wheel faces straight, but my left one faces inwards. I can turn steering al the way right but not left at all.
    • buckleys
      2/25/2012 buckleys
      lol ok look under the car ur gonna find a broken bar...problem solved
    • Herbert M
      2/25/2012 Herbert M
      Herbert B my truck has no power it stalls what seem to be the problem?
  • avocadostudios
    avocadostudios - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 2/25/2012
    My front tires are wearing on the inside. What's the problem, alignment, struts, arms, or bushings?
    Tire wear on inside.
    • Jimm
      2/25/2012 Jimm
      Any of the items mentioned, if worn or out-of-alignment may cause the abnormal tire wear you have observed.
      Typically, with mileage and component wear you may inspect the front tires and related components, such as struts - useful life at around 50-60k miles or lower steering arm bushings excess wear. Be sure to have an alignment completed following the steering or suspension work to replace components.
      Try the 'How-To-Guides' feature on this website for specific steps to check the suspension and steering for excess play and looseness. Once the scope of the problem you have is properly diagnosed - then you can have the repairs done or - do them yourself with a degree of confidence.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2003 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 2/24/2012
    I could not enter a repair that was not on your list.
    I needed a CV front boot replacement, but the system would not let me continue without choosing a repair from your list of repairs, so I chose Wheel Lug Stud Replacement and entered more information that I needed the CV front boot replacement. I clicked get estimate ...
    • yboy82
      2/24/2012 yboy82
      Try the AutomD Negotiator ( feature on this site it is free. They will call local shops for the repair that you needed and send the multiple quotes from your local shops. So you can compare job prices within your area.
  • nate
    nate - 2000 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 2/18/2012
    2000 jetta power stering cap is it a spin top or do u pull it off 2.0
    Need to check fluid
    • monteur
      2/18/2012 monteur
      Use a screwdriver or a pair of pliers to unscrew the cap. Do not overfill the reservoir.
  • chris
    chris - 2001 Volkswagen Golf - Steering & Suspension - 2/14/2012
    My mk4 golf steering is of centre how can I realign it
    • Spoon Sports
      2/14/2012 Spoon Sports
      The underlying cause of off-center steering is often rear axle or toe misalignment, but it can also be caused by failing to center the steering prior to adjusting toe. If accompanied by a lead or pull to one side, the underlying cause may be cross camber, cross caster, uneven tire pressure or mismatched tire sizes side to side.
  • T. Slaughter
    T. Slaughter - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 2/7/2012
    Is it possible to obtain the key code for a new key
    I would like to have a key made for my 2001 vw jetta, but not through the dealership, its too pricy
    • HouseCallAuto
      2/7/2012 HouseCallAuto
      Call a locksmith, many are equipped to handle the job now where as in prior years the equipment cost versus the return on investment was no good.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1999 Volkswagen Passat - Steering & Suspension - 1/28/2012
    I am having severe vibration in my steering. It's started on an off when turning on one side and driving. Now constant.
    Started vibrating at speeds of 40+ while turning to the left, now vibrates constant and will pull hard to any one side an ease up. Could it be a bad motor mount?
    • monteur
      1/28/2012 monteur
      Have your steering and front suspension checked.You may have worn tierods and/or worn upper control arms.
  • retjr
    retjr - 1999 Volkswagen Cabrio - Steering & Suspension - 1/21/2012
    How do i stop thunking noise when I turn wheel?
    Noise is located in front suspension. I have replaced struts and mounts twice.
    • monteur
      1/21/2012 monteur
      It may be that your wheelbearing may be shifting in the steering knuckle on turns.
  • kevinB
    kevinB - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle - Steering & Suspension - 1/16/2012
    Vibration at high speeds, has new tires and balamced
    Above 60 mph the car has a steady vibration. It dosent pull to one side or the other. But when u turn right the vibration completely disappears
    • HouseCallAuto
      1/16/2012 HouseCallAuto
      I suspect that you may have a bad front wheel bearing. Jack up each wheel one at a time and see if there is any lateral play in the bearings. Compare side to side. Check tie rods also for any end play.
  • pete a campillo
    pete a campillo - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/15/2012
    I hear a sound coming from the front of the car mainly when i give gas or when i stop what is this noise and how to fix
    the car has 171,000 miles i have never had this problem before but it seems that right after i rotated the tires yesterday this sound is coming from the front of the car or from the bottom is hard to say,it sounds like a rotating item that once it rotates it hits ...
    • monteur
      12/27/2011 monteur
      Check front tires for a choppy appearance,especially on the inner sides.If tires are choppy,return them to their original positions. If noise goes away replace rear shock absorbers.
      12/28/2011 pete a campillo
      tires are not choppy, sound getting worse it seems like tire or tires about to fall off while the sound goes on and often shakes as well. Why would rotating the tires cause this problem when i had no problem before the rotation of the tires
    • monteur
      12/30/2011 monteur
      Even if the tires don't seem visibly choppy they may be out of balance.This could cause both noise and vibration. Also you may want to check the tires for out of round condition,and that the lug bolts are secure.If all is good ,return tires to original positions and roadtest for noises.
      12/31/2011 pete a campillo
      Thank you Monteur for your prior answers and sugestions. What if i purchase 3 new tires an one old one thats in very good shape instead of returning them back to their originnal position and run this way, could the change to new tires and a balance of them also get rid of the noise and vibrations??
    • monteur
      1/15/2012 monteur
      Did you return the tires to their original positions. It's cheaper to check first.
  • laria
    laria - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/12/2012
    When I start up my car and step on the brakes to move the gear clutch the clutch stick will not move out of gear.
    I usually have to wrestle with my gear clutch for a while to move it out of park. Its as if it is stuck.(By the way, its a automatic) Shortly after having the gear clutch problem I began having a problem getting the key out of the ignition switch. I had to take it ...
    • monteur
      1/12/2012 monteur
      Have your mechanic check the shiftlock solenoid locoted on the side of the shift lever assembly.It should operate when the brake pedal is pushed.
      1/13/2012 laria
      Thank you. I will suggest this to him. Also, would the gear clutch have anything to do with the key getting stuck in the ignition or vice versa?
  • tony
    tony - 1997 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 1/11/2012
    I need a diagram of power steering lines
    i have aleak in the poweer steering line on left side of car and the pump is on the right what gives
    0 answer
  • 01 wolfsburg
    01 wolfsburg - 2001 Volkswagen Jetta - Steering & Suspension - 12/27/2011
    Why is my rear end jumping/vibrating?
    The car's got 113xxx miles on it, when taking right hand turns at speeds of greater than 25, a severe jump/vibration can be felt from the right rear tire. also, the inside of the tire wears severely and very quickly.
    • monteur
      12/27/2011 monteur
      Check and or replace rear shock absorbers