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2001 RAV4 clunking sounds

My previous thread and the mod said to check my cv joint. Car has 123k miles.



https://www.toyotanation.com/forum/6...ling-soon.html


I pulled my cv join out from the right side and it doesn't seem anything is wrong with it. I pulled the right side because the clunking sound is louder on the right.


pic of cv joint.


https://imgur.com/a/upuab9Z



Should I put the car on air again and run it in drive to see if the sound is still there? would my trans fluid rush out without the cv joint in the socket?


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Did you try pulling the left drive shaft to inspect it as well since in yer last video it was the shaft that was rotating and not the right shaft?

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I'm having crazy hard time pulling the left side out. There is not alot of room. I removed the shield, used the slide hammer because there is no room to get the pry bar in there. The slide hammer barely have any room and keeps slipping off the cv axle. I'm going to try again tomorrow as i'm losing my cool doing this. I'm let you know once i got it out.


Edit* I snowed and cold today so I'll attempt it next weekend.

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Did you try pulling the left drive shaft to inspect it as well since in yer last video it was the shaft that was rotating and not the right shaft?



Hey, I finally pulled out the left axle. It was so much harder and took 2 hours.


I didnt find anything wrong with it. here are some vids.


Right Axle: https://streamable.com/kf6w9


Left Axle: https://streamable.com/o43vv


The reason they are spinning was I put the car on all 4 jacks and put the transmission in Drive. The right side didnt spin as much so that's why I took it apart first.


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Thanks fer the videos!

Yer gonna need to check the axle shafts by rotating it around the joint and not rolling it around on the ground. You'll need to "feel" if there is any binding or movement in the joints.

The reason why only one side was moving is probably due to how a differential works. Unless you have all wheel drive, you will only see one side of the axle moving.

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Thanks fer the videos!

Yer gonna need to check the axle shafts by rotating it around the joint and not rolling it around on the ground. You'll need to "feel" if there is any binding or movement in the joints.

The reason why only one side was moving is probably due to how a differential works. Unless you have all wheel drive, you will only see one side of the axle moving.



The car is 4WD if that matters.



As for checking the shaft, do I hold both end of the axle and twist it or do I need to put them back into the transmission to do this?


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I found the problem


It was the passenger wheel bearing. I took everything apart and the grease on the wheel bearing is turning white. I check driver side and the same condition. Replaced both wheel bearings and running smooth again.


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