CV joints are one of the longest lasting parts of a vehicle.

But, that doesn’t mean problems don’t occur.

When they do, you want to know right away.

Three key signs to look for if you think your CV joints are damaged are:

The Initial Sign—Grease Leaking from the Joint

CV joints have a protective boot. When the boot cracks, the grease that lubes the joints will leak. This causes the joints to function without proper lubrication—which results in damage or breakdown. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to check your protective boot for any and all signs of grease leaks. If they’re present, it’s time to bring your vehicle in for servicing.

A Sign You Definitely Don’t Want—A Clicking or Popping Noise When Turning

Clicking or popping noises when turning are a sure-fire sign that your CV joints are worn out. If you notice this sign, it’s important that you take your vehicle in right away. Not doing so could lead to greater damages and/or failure.

A Sign of Failure—Shaking During Acceleration

CV joints rarely fail. But, when they do, a back-and-forth shaking movement will occur during acceleration. If this sign occurs, it won’t be long before your vehicle stops moving.

You now know three signs of damaged CV joints. It’s important to remember that if any of these signs are present, you should bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Not doing so can cost you a lot of money in repairs.