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I was getting a clicking noise on my 83 olds ciera when i made turns now it does not drive or turn and sounds bad...i was told maybe cv joints? is it hard to replace or what tools will i need?

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Hi, welcome to FixYa. My name is Shaun. I hope I can help you out with your problem. From the sounds of it, it definitely sounds like your CV joint is the issue, especiallyif you noticed the clicking sound getting worse when turning the car. CV joints aren't incredibly difficult to replace with some basic tools, but if you have limited experience, I would recommend letting a shop do it. First you will need a socket to fit the spindle nut. This is the large nut that holds the wheel assenbly to the CV shaft. If you do not have access to an air impact wrench, I highly recommend getting a 1/2"drive socket and using a large (at least 16") 1/2" breaker bar to remove this nut, as it is VERY tight. Secondly, you will need a basic socket set and a basic combination wrench set. if you son't already have these, here's a word of advice. Don't waste your money buying any SAE tool sets. Buy metric. You can always find a metric equivalent for SAE, but not vice-versa. It may also be necessary to get a ball joint seperator, but you can rent these from most auto parts stores.

Heres the basic rundown of the process. Jack the car up and place it on a jack stand. Remove the tire, then the spindle nut. It helps to loosen the spindle nut a little before jacking the car. Seperate the ball joint on the lower A-arm from the hub assembly, allowing you to swing the entire suspension assembly outward. It may also help to disconnect the sway bar linkage if your car has one to make this easier. While pulling outward on the hub assembly, tap inward on the end of the CV shaft, dislodging it from the wheel assembly. Once the CV is free from the wheel assembly, pull it free from the transmission. This may take some prying to get it free. Make sure you have a drip pan under the car, as wou will lose some fluid. Reinstallation of the new CV axle is the reverse of removal. Make sure to check your transmission fluid level when you are done.

I hope this helps you in some way. Have a good day!

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