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I do hope anyone who can help reads this entire message. I made it so long because Ive often wished people would tell me the entire story when asking for automotive help.

So I have a '97 escort making noises that are suspect of a CV joint going out. But I've looked at both CV boots; the driver's side has been replaced and the passenger side seems to be stock. Both are secure and not missing any pieces.

but in the last 48 hours I've been getting odd sounds (similar to an early 80's GM CV joint going out). At first the sound only happened when backing from my driveway, and I had just shifted and was straightening my wheels going forward. I had the wheels almost straight when I heard the noise for just a tiny moment. It kinda sounded like an un-lubricated accessory pulley or a severely overheating water pump.

It's not quite the metallic creaking I have heard from early 80's GM CVs though. It almost sounds like I've got a bolt rolling around in a flat area of the body under the hood.

After reading through alot of posts here tonight I decided to take it out and play with it. I was in a parking lot going about 10mph and gently swerving by turning the wheel right and left from about 10 o'clock to 2 o'clock and was able to duplicate the sound in both directions. I then got out of the car, checked the boots, and they were still fine.

Then on the way home, going about 20 or 25 I gave the car some quicker swerves from about 9 to 3 o'clock. This time a loud bumping noise began to be felt and heard, it was very similar to a flat tire. Also, the mystery sound became almost steady and it sounded like peices of rubber things were spinning off the driveshaft hitting the underside of the car, like a boot coming apart. I stopped and saw that nothing had come off of the car and that the boots were fine. I began to drive away and noticed that the constant mystery sound was gone, but the thump was still there, though much much less pronounced, I really only noticed it clearly again when on a very smooth surface. The mystery sound could not be duplicated again by swerving, but I did hear it as I turned into my driveway.

I have no freaking clue guys :huh: :shrug:
 

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Next time you drive the car stop after a few miles and see if either of the front wheels are hot. Be careful though because if it's a wheel bearing like I am suspecting the wheel will probably be extremely hot. Wheel bearings will usually make a popping or grinding noise and is usually more noticeable in turns and curves because it puts extra stress on them. You could also jack up each front corner to see if there's any play in the hub which would also be an indication of a bad wheel bearing.
 
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