Clicking Noise When Turning Rear Wheel Drive

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Clicking Noise When Turning Rear Wheel Drive

Clicking Noise When Turning Rear Wheel Drive

Have you ever encountered clicking noise when turning your car? The reason for the clicking noise depends if your car is a front-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive. The cause of clicking noise when turning rear-wheel drive is different when turning a front-wheel-drive but the clicking noise always come from the front end since the noise occurs when turning, regardless if your car is a front-wheel drive or a rear-wheel drive.

Possible cause of clicking noise when turning

1. For front-wheel drive – constant velocity joint or CV joint.
2. For rear-wheel-drive – one of the front end components.


If your car is a front-wheel drive and you encounter clicking noise when turning usually the noise comes from the front end and the most common reason for the noise is the problem on the constant velocity joint or the CV joint usually the CV joint is faulty. CV joint or Constant Velocity Joint is a flexible joint which allows a smooth application of the engine power into the front wheel of the car. CV Joint has what you called the Inboard CV joint and the Outboard CV Joint, usually, between the two, the Outboard CV joint is the faulty based upon a mechanic experience, because if the outboard CV joint is worn or damaged then it can cause the clicking noise you heard especially when the car is turning.

Clicking Noise When Turning Rear Wheel Drive

Now, if your car is a rear-wheel-drive and there is a clicking noise when turning rear-wheel drive, the noise occurs mainly from the car front end. Since your car is a rear-wheel-drive the problem is not the CV joint, because the rear-wheel-drive does not have a CV joint. So it is important that you know if your car is a rear-wheel-drive or a front-wheel-drive to correctly diagnose the reason for clicking noise when turning your car.


For Rear Wheel Drive, as rear-wheel drive does not have CV joint, this means that the problem is not on the CV Joints. The most common cause of this problem for the rear-wheel-drive has something to do with the front end components such as tie rod end, control arm, steering knuckle, ball joint, etc. One of these components might have been damaged. Another possibility is that the wheel bearing is also damaged.

Clicking Noise When Turning Rear Wheel Drive

How to Fix Clicking Noise When Turning
If your car is a front-wheel-drive 

(1) Crawl underneath the front of your car on the side where the clicking noise occurs and inspect the outboard CV Joint boot.

(2)If the rubber boot was torn the dirt goes inside and damaged the CV joint that resulted in a clicking sound you heard when turning.

(3)Replace the CV Joint to fix the problem.

If your car is a rear-wheel-drive 

Bring your car to a reputable auto repair shop and ask the mechanic to inspect your car and do the necessary repair. For the front end parts problem, bring the car to a reputable auto repair shop and ask a mechanic to inspect your car front end components and have all the necessary repair done at once, because if not this can cause a very serious accident.


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