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HOST has mechanical question
One of my cars is a Benz diesel. Great car but parts replacements are very expensive.
I seem to have a noisy CV joint in the rear swing axles somewhere. I get a clicking and sometimes a binding noise when I back up, for a few seconds--then the CV joint must load up and it's gone.
No noise forward, no noise on the road---EXCEPT---I have heard the characteristic raprapraprap noise when making a hard, sweeping, high speed LEFT turn. This noise co-incides perfectly with wheel rotation and speed.
Question: Since there are two axles and four joints, each costing HUNDREDS of dollars a pop, I want to GUESS which one is bad.
My conclusion is that it is the right side swing axle, and I'd like to get a good one from a wrecker and save money that way.
Do you all think this is a good guess?
NOTE: Can't duplicate noise on a lift because wheels are hanging. Tough to isolate noise just by walking alongside the car when it's backing up. Noise travels under there, can't be certain.
I guess I could back over a friend but thus far no volunteers.