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Old February 13th, 2018, 11:52   #1
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Default Drive axle issue or ?

I have a 2005 TDI passat converted to a manual transmission. I have close to 10K miles on it since the conversion and it has working flawlessly. I drove the car yesterday and noticed an intermittent chucking as a lack on a better word. The car drive nice a smooth for 20 miles and then I experience intermittent pulling pulses to the right. I can feel it in the steering wheel. At first i though i had ice chucks stuck between the wheel and the fender but it was all free. I feels like something is binding up in cv axles. The axles are fairly new and the boots are all intact. Could it be the breaks? Any suggestions?
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Old February 13th, 2018, 13:47   #2
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Could it be the tires slowly coming apart too. Switch the rear tires with the fronts (one at a time) and see if the problem goes away.
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Old February 13th, 2018, 15:43   #3
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Ok found my problem. I was inspecting the passenger side drive axle since the car seem to pull that side. Since i did not find anything of concern and decided to take a look at the driver side and there i found a torn boot. The darn thing only had 8k miles on it. It was a cheep axle and i got what i paid for it.
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Old February 13th, 2018, 18:32   #4
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If you can always stick to the original GKN shaft and replace the outer joint. The inners rarely go. You can easily buy the other joints in GKN.
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