Question:
I hear a clunking sound from my front wheel when I make a turn. What could be the trouble?

Allen Tire Inc. Answer:
One possible cause of the problem for Richmond car owners is a worn axle. Front-wheel drive vehicles have axles that transfer power from the transmission to your front wheels. There is one for each front wheel. These axles are called constant velocity axles or CV axles for short. Richmond motorists with rear-wheel drive vehicles have axles that are in back and run between the differential and the rear wheels. Of course, all-wheel drive vehicles will have an axle at each wheel.

When a front CV axle goes bad, it will often make a clunking noise as you make a slow turn. When a rear axle goes bad, the clunking or moaning sound will be in the back. Now there really isn't any preventive maintenance you can have performed to make your axles last longer, but you can have them inspected from time to time to see if a problem such as a leaking seal or torn protective boot has arisen. Sometimes finding the issue early will make the repair easier and less expensive.

Of course, axles do wear out and need to be replaced. This is important and should not be put off by Richmond auto owners because a severely worn axle can seize up causing expensive damage to your transmission or other components. This could even lead to an accident for Richmond drivers who ignore a worn axle.

If you suspect an axle problem, have it looked at right away. Ask your courteous Allen Tire Inc. service specialist in Bowling Green, KY  if it's time for an inspection of your axle.

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5606 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 288-3950