Laura M. from Orlando FL writes in to ask: When I turn my car to the right I hear a clicking noise. What could be causing that?
The most common cause of clicking noises while cornering in your car is the constant-velocity (CV) axle. The CV axle transfers power from the transmission to the wheels, making the wheels turn when you step on the gas. To allow the CV axle to bend in any direction in response to the normal bumps in the road while maintaining a constant velocity, the axle has a ball-and-socket joint. When the socket becomes worn, the ball begins to make a clicking noise. You should get the car inspected as soon as you notice the noise to avoid separation of the CV axle. Separation will most likely cause further damage to your car and possibly to other cars. If you hear this clicking noise, please bring your car in to be inspected right away.