I think I am the first person who report this problem three winters ago in 2008 on this site.
My original post is here:
CV joints axle failing already?
When the temperature is colder than -10C, after the car has been parked for at least several hours in the cold, you hear a grinding noise in the drivetrain when you make a sharp turn (in my case, both left or right) while accelerating at the same time. The grinding eventually disappear after the car has warmed up.
My car did this since it was brand new. I have been complaining about this problem to the dealer for the last 3 winters. Of course, every time they could not reproduce the problem.
Yesterday, it was -20C and I dropped the car off at the dealer. Yeeee! this morning, it was cold enough and the technician was able to reproduce the problem.
The dealer just called me to inform that they diagnose the problem to be a faulty left CV joint. They will replace the left Shaft and CV joint, the parts have been ordered and will be replaced tomorrow.
I hope this will solve my problem.
I am still wondering:
- the car was brand new when I noticed this problem 3 years ago, it is unlikely that it came with a bad CV joint
- maybe the factory grease they use is not adequate for this temperature, this causes the grinding and could eventually lead to premature wear
- why did they say the left CV joint? my car makes grinding noise in both left and right turns
I will keep you guys updated.
You guys who have the same problem, I suggest you to complain to your dealer and make sure they fix this or at least, document this complain from you properly and give you the print out with the date. This is because your 3-year, 60,000 km warranty will probably expire before the next winter. This is a major repair down the road if you need to have your CV shaft and joint replaced outside of warranty. With the proof of complain, you will have something to argue about down the road.