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Old 11-21-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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New GKN CV axle, few questions?

How is supposed to feel? You guys feel any vibration at all (I don't). When the CV axle was bad the thud when I hit a bump kind of vibrated the steering wheel and now its mostly gone but it's still there a bit, Any way to remove the sound or feeling?
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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hey there, I just replaced my axles with new GKN's. I'm crossing my fingers that they'll be better than the Cardone axles I put in just 25K ago. The cardones started failing pretty quickly.

Before I did the job, my car's front end would make a stuttering sound when cornering. I blamed the problem totally on the axles, but when I disassembled everything I discovered that the lower ball joints on the control arms were totally shot -- boots ripped, no grease -- just flapping around. Replacing those made a big difference in front end noise.

That's an expensive fix though (but there is a guy on the xi forum who managed to replace just the ball joint), so I would first look at your sway bar end-links. When those go bad, your front end will make a clunking sound when going over bumps. Check those out first.

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Old 11-21-2012, 09:58 AM   #3
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Cv joint damage comes from the CV boots getting torn and then getting contaminated by road dirt and water. You then get a clicking sound while turning.
Did you get a torn boot first?
If not take it to an alignment shop for an inspection. Can be control arm bushings, end links, ties rods.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:19 PM   #4
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GKN makes the OE axles for BMW so they should be a lot better than the cardone parts
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