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Which CV joint is clicking if turning left?

Updated March 23, 2017

The CV joint is responsible for transferring the power of the engine to the wheel. The CV joint is made up of numerous bearings that allow the wheel to flex and turn as needed. However, these bearings can wear, requiring the joint to be replaced.

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Left Turn Clicking

Most often, the CV joint that is clicking when making a left turn is the right outer CV joint as the right wheel is under the most stress. However, the left outer CV joint might also make a clicking noise during a left turn if it is very worn.

CV Joint Testing

To determine which joint is bad, listen to the CV joint while driving left slowly in a tight circle. Bad CV joints will typically make a loud popping or clicking, but at low speeds the noise may not be as loud. If needed, a helper listening outside of the car can aid in identifying which side is making noise.


When a CV joint is clicking, it is a sign that the joint is worn and needs to be replaced. Though a CV joint may last for some time while clicking, a failed CV joint can cause a loss of steering and result in a serious accident. Whenever a CV joint is heard clicking, it should be promptly replaced for safety.

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About the Author

Jay Motes

Jay Motes is a writer who sold his first article in 1998. Motes has written for numerous print and online publications including "The Dollar Stretcher" and "WV Sportsman." He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and political science form Fairmont State College in Fairmont, W.V.

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