Clunk Clunk Clunk goes my GTV
I think I have a problem with the drive train in my 2001 CF2 GTV V6. Every so often the front left of the car clunks when the it is gear. When this is happening I can stop it by depressing the clutch. Releasing the clutch starts it up again.
It will be like this for a week or so, then just as quickly as it starts it will disappear.
When it happened the first time I found the inner near side CV joint had loose bolts (the 8 or so hex bolts). I tightened these up and within a day or so it had stopped. Last time the noise started I booked it in at a friendly garage, but true to form the clunking stopped the day before and they were unable to see or feel anything wrong.
This time around it feels like the noise is more pronounced when turning right.
So to me it feel like it could be the half shaft/CV joints.
Are there any other suggestions to look at? It is wheel/road speed related as in it is the same tempo even if I switch gears.
If it is the drive shaft, is this the correct procedure for replacing it?
1. Hub Nut off
2. Bottom wishbone ball joint split
3. Drop link off
4. Drain gearbox oil - (approx 2 litres, refilled through the dipstick hole?) is this part necessary?
5. With wheel on full lock, gently tap the drive shaft from the hub.
6. Remove drive shaft
7. As they say in the Haynes manuals. Rebuilding is the reversal of the above. With a new drive shaft and hub nut
If the consensus is to replace the drive shaft, are there any preferred suppliers? As the ball joints need to be split, should they be replaced as well?