Steering wheel on 1993 Lexus ES300

When I turn the steering wheel, I hear clicking noises? What could this be?

by in Sarasota, FL on January 22, 2011
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ANSWER by , January 22, 2011
You car is front wheel drive. If your car makes a clicking sound on tight turns that may increase with the speed at which you take a tight turn the noise may be caused by a worn Constant Velocity (CV) joint. There are two joints on each axle, and a separate axle going from the transmission to each front wheel. Turn the steering wheel fully to one side apply the hand brake and inspect the CV boots on the axle if it is ripped grease will spray out around the axle allowing the grease that lubricates the axle to escape and the lack of lubrication causes the CV joint to wear prematurely. Another way to isolate which Axle is worn is to find an open parking lot and drive in a tight circle, if the clicking sound is more prevalent turning right than left the right axle is worn and visa versa.
ANSWER by , January 23, 2011
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COMMENT by , January 23, 2011
Thanks alot....Do you know a good/honest mechanic Sarasota Florida? I am new to the area and don't know much about cars....moved from NYC with taxis!