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#3595 of 3844 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area
Jul 11, 2010 (9:04 am)
Hi! I'm new to this forum and don't know a lot about cars, but I'm hoping someone can help. I recently had the tires aligned on my 2005 corolla. After doing so i started hearing/noticing a clicking sound from the driver's side tire/wheel-well when i am making right hand turns. it sounds like running a stick over bike spokes. i took it back to the place where we got it aligned and they said that they thought it was just a nail in the tire, but it might be in the CV joint but since it is sealed they couldn't tell for sure. they also said the only reason i hear it when i turn right is because there is an echo that i'm hearing at that time, but not the others. that explanation does not make sense to me because when i am sitting in an open area i can hear it on right hand turns and as soon as i straighten up the wheels it goes away. the car has an extended warranty from toyota, but that has been totally useless up to this point and i really don't want to pay $80 for a diagnostic fee for them to tell me it's not covered under warranty. any ideas on what it might be or how to trouble shoot the issue? any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!!!!
#3596 of 3844 Re: 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area [truman_angel]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 12, 2010 (10:11 am)
While it is true that a bad CV joint will make noise on hard turns, it would be the LEFT CV joint making noise on hard right turns, and vice-versa. So to say that the right CV joint is bad because it makes noise when making right turns, is probably a faulty diagnosis.
It is true that you can't really tell if a CV joint is bad unless you perform the above test or you disassemble it. You can't tell from looking at it or wiggling it around.
So yeah, you could have a bad LEFT CV joint.
#3597 of 3844 Re: 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 13, 2010 (8:43 pm)
Would that be something that normally goes bad after only 42K miles? Or is it possible that they messed something up when they did the alignment? I'm not 100% certain that it wasn't there prior to that, but it was after that when I started noticing the sound.
Just so I'm clear, the LEFT CV joint is the driver's side, correct? I wasn't sure if you meant left from the driver's seat or the left from facing the car. Thanks so much for your reply!!!!
#3598 of 3844 Re: 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area [truman_angel]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 13, 2010 (8:55 pm)
That's correct. Left is the driver's side. It would be unusual for a CV joint to fail at 42K miles but if the boot that protects it were ripped and the grease leaked out, then certainly possible.
#3599 of 3844 Re: 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 14, 2010 (8:35 pm)
Thanks for your help! Is it possible that it could be anything else? I want to have all of my bases covered when I call the repair shop and ask what it will take to fix it.
#3600 of 3844 Re: 2005 corolla click from front driver tire area [Mr_Shiftright]
Jul 15, 2010 (7:43 am)
My corolla made the same noise and it was the sway bar link, you can hear it more over bumby road, The sway bar link is approx 6 inch long and is worn out, which causes it to make a click noise, I bought a lifetime warranty one at Advance Auto Parts for $38. , put in on and no more noise.
#3602 of 3844 2006 Engine noise (ping)
Jul 29, 2010 (3:12 pm)
My 2006 pings very briefly on acceleration. It does it more when the air is on.
#3603 of 3844 Re: 2006 Engine noise (ping) [crisrock]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Jul 30, 2010 (1:19 pm)
A brief ping is really okay, it might just mean your gasoline isn't quite up to snuff. You could switch to mid-grade and see what happens.
If the pinging to very loud or prolonged, you shouldn't drive the car too long that way, and should have it scanned for trouble codes.
Also, in addition to timing problems, high carbon content in the cylinder/head area can cause pinging, so if you take lots of short trips, you might consider taking the car out for a long high speed run and using a gas tank additive.
#3604 of 3844 co-worker filled $5.worth of diesel in toyota gas tank
Aug 04, 2010 (12:44 pm)
after that he realized his mistake and added gas,on his way to work 2005 corolla kept jerking and died.He got it towed to his home where his friend said he needs a new injection pump.Anybody know what his remedies are,thanks.