View Full Version : Please Help!!! Cracking CV Joints
Mar 06, 2005, 6:04 AM
:-k I have a 1989 Honda Accord LXi. I just bought it a week ago. It has a ram air intake, stage 1 racing clutch, performance exhaust, and coilovers. The guy that sold it to me use to abuse this car. He cracked one CV joint. He went and got another CV shaft assembly and replaced it. He drove for about 30 seconds and broke that one. When I purchased the car, I properly installed a new one. While trying to drive up my driveway gently, it broke. It is always breaking the right side axle on the inner CV joint. It blows the roller bearing straight through the wall of the joint. Please help me someone. If you would like to see a picture or would like more information, please email me at Lordipaq@aol.com (Lordipaq@aol.com). Thank you very much.:-k
Mar 06, 2005, 7:28 PM
i have no idea. It seems like there is extra play in the axle somewhere causing the cv joint to buckle perhaps. There's no telling what he did. Check your control arms. Maybe the car was crashed and some of your control arms are bent. When I crashed my Nissan the rear right axle chewed itself up.
Mar 06, 2005, 7:43 PM
My guess would be that the coilovers were not properly set-up. I would take it to alignment shop and have them put the car back to the stock specs s far as camber and caster(if it's out or can even be adusted.) One mistake most people make when lowering the car is not compensating for the camber.
Are the tires wearing heavily on the inside?
Mar 07, 2005, 2:45 AM
On a lowered car, the axle shafts angle up to the hubs. On a Honda, the right side is shorter, so the greatest angle is at the inner joint. The inner joint is a "plunging joint", meaning it slides in-and-out. Suspension geometry will move hub farther away from the diff, moving the "spider" farther out in the "cup"/housing of the inner joint, where it will be weaker.
Some(lots) of aftermarket reman cv axles are crap. I have seen a bit of variation in length. I have seen as little as 1/8" too long bottom the inner joint before the lower ball joint would connect to the knuckle.
Mar 20, 2005, 11:00 AM
Thanks everybody for your help. The motor mounts were replaced and the car runs again. The mounts that I removed were all completely destroyed. Now that the car is running, I noticed that the gauges don't light up and there is a whining sound only in 5th gear that changes pitch with rpm changes. But, at least its running again.
Mar 21, 2005, 3:06 AM
Oh wow another person with whining sound >_< I hope your gears aren't grinded lol...
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