What is a CV Joint?
It allows your upper arm to rotate in multiple directions.
It also allows for up and down (axial) movement.
A CV joint is a critical part of the architecture of your car or truck. It lets the engine and transmission system move the car and distribute power to the wheels. Good CV joints are intricate, and they can wear out easily if they are not correctly aligned to operate at peak performance.
A worn-out, damaged, or misaligned CV joint can lead to a variety of expensive maintenance and repair bills. So it’s important to recognize the signs of a damaged CV joint and consider a CV joint replacement cost when it becomes necessary.
General Cost of CV Joint Replacement
The cost of a replacement varies depending on the type of procedure you choose to get – a partial or complete tear, etc. Some people may also need both sides replaced at the same time, though this is not common and will be charged at a higher rate.
Additionally, remember that repairing the CV joint will require a longer healing time and far more physical therapy than replacing it entirely.
When it’s time to have your CV joint replaced, you don’t have to pay that entire cost up front. Many insurance companies will offer you a financial plan that enables you to spread the cost out over several months. So, even if you have a job, you might be able to get the procedure financed if you have insurance.
Symptoms of a Failing CV Joint
If a CV joint fails, it’s commonly accompanied by three symptoms. The first is a popping noise upon acceleration. This is the sound as the joint surfaces separate at speed. The second is a wobble/wandering or shimmy in the steering wheel. The third is less obvious but very serious. This is a thumping or thudding feel upon deceleration.
Not all three symptoms need to occur for the joint to be failing.
On-road failure can occur with two out of the three.
The second symptom, a wandering/shimmy, is an indication of impending and immediate failure.