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Hello everyone, I’m new here but not new to owning a dart. Recently starting hearing a few clicks under specific circumstances and I’m believing it’s the left side CV axle. Im going to do the swap myself, but I’m wondering who makes a good CV axle, as I see lots of replacements for about 1/3 of OEM cost parts but not many reviews on the axles themselves. Do I bite the bullet and pay 300$ for an axle that fails again in 60k miles? Or do I go to an aftermarket brand and risk it being junk from the start? Any and all help is appreciated!
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I would just go to a self serve you pull junkyard and install that. Look for oem with no escaping lube or noise. I never had luck with aftermarket axles.

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DIAGNOSIS AND TESTING - HALF SHAFT

VEHICLE INSPECTION
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The general appearance of the halfshafts should be clean and oil free around the Constant Velocity (CV) joint (3) and tripod (1) boots (2). Grease on or around the boots is a sign of leakage and the boots or halfshaft should be replaced.

NOISE OR VIBRATION IN TURNS
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Vibration associated with the Constant Velocity (CV) joints in the halfshafts occur in the 3rd and 6th order. Use a vibration analyzer to determine the frequency of the vibration.

Noise may also be caused by another component of the vehicle coming in contact with the halfshaft, brake or wheel assemblies.

CLUNKING NOISE DURING ACCELERATION
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VIBRATION AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS
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Vibration associated with the CV joints in the halfshafts occur in the 3rd and 6th order (3 or 6 events for each rotation). The inner tripod joint with three pivot axis has three events in each rotation of the halfshaft. This will produce a 3rd order vibration of the wheel rotation speed. The outer CV joint with 6 pivot axis balls has six events in each rotation of the halfshaft. This will produce a 6th order vibration of the wheel rotation speed. A 6th order vibration will create a high pitch sound, like gear noise. Use a vibration analyzer to determine the frequency of the vibration before replacing components.
 
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I would just go to a self serve you pull junkyard and install that. Look for oem with no escaping lube or noise. I never had luck with aftermarket axles.

03 - Differential and Driveline / Half Shaft, Front / Diagnosis and Testing

DIAGNOSIS AND TESTING - HALF SHAFT

VEHICLE INSPECTION
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The general appearance of the halfshafts should be clean and oil free around the Constant Velocity (CV) joint (3) and tripod (1) boots (2). Grease on or around the boots is a sign of leakage and the boots or halfshaft should be replaced.

NOISE OR VIBRATION IN TURNS
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Vibration associated with the Constant Velocity (CV) joints in the halfshafts occur in the 3rd and 6th order. Use a vibration analyzer to determine the frequency of the vibration.

Noise may also be caused by another component of the vehicle coming in contact with the halfshaft, brake or wheel assemblies.

CLUNKING NOISE DURING ACCELERATION
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SHUDDER OR VIBRATION DURING ACCELERATION
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VIBRATION AT HIGHWAY SPEEDS
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Vibration associated with the CV joints in the halfshafts occur in the 3rd and 6th order (3 or 6 events for each rotation). The inner tripod joint with three pivot axis has three events in each rotation of the halfshaft. This will produce a 3rd order vibration of the wheel rotation speed. The outer CV joint with 6 pivot axis balls has six events in each rotation of the halfshaft. This will produce a 6th order vibration of the wheel rotation speed. A 6th order vibration will create a high pitch sound, like gear noise. Use a vibration analyzer to determine the frequency of the vibration before replacing components.
Appreciate it, I figured it would be best to use OEM even though the dart is kinda boof when it comes to overall reliability. As for the noise yea it’s a clicking, only when accelerating on a left turn. Have you replaced axles on the dart? Is it easier pulling off the whole rotor or similar just pulling the nut and pushing the axle thru?
 

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I have only pulled axles to have spare OEM ones. You need to separate the lower ball joint and the tie rod end. Optional if you have the rotor on or off.
 
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My front end started clicking and making noise for a while when i turned the wheels at low speeds. Tried to get my mechanic to change my cv axle but he swore they were fine. He couldn't find anything wrong though. 10k miles later a tie rod was replaced and that was the end of the noise. It barely looked bad but apparently was. The other side just started making the same noise when it was super cold the other day haha.
 

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My front end started clicking and making noise for a while when i turned the wheels at low speeds. Tried to get my mechanic to change my cv axle but he swore they were fine. He couldn't find anything wrong though. 10k miles later a tie rod was replaced and that was the end of the noise. It barely looked bad but apparently was. The other side just started making the same noise when it was super cold the other day haha.
It was your tie rod? I haven’t done any work yet, but was going off noise alone and was thinking it was the CV. that’s exactly what happens, it makes noise at low speed turns
 

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It was your tie rod? I haven’t done any work yet, but was going off noise alone and was thinking it was the CV. that’s exactly what happens, it makes noise at low speed turns
Yup mine ended up just being that. I wouldn't have guessed it but once it was changed out it stopped. I couldn't believe it as I also had it pegged for the CV axle. Might be worth looking into first.
 
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