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Old 09-07-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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Ford Focus carrier bearing/axle

I lost the transmission in my 2002 Ford Focus two weeks ago. We were able to locate a used one and replaced it. it now runs smoothly but makes a clicking noise when turning right. Someone looked at it and told me when the transmission broke it broke the front right carrier bearing. I've tried to find info on this and can't figure it out. is it the same as a CV joint? Is it dangerous to drive until i can get it fixed? Was recommended to find a used entire axel as an easier and cheaper repair. can anyone explain so i understand?


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if it clicks while turning....i would lay money on the CV joint......I saw mine when the axles were replaced.....they were almost cut through......if I were you....have them looked at
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This question should've been posted in Tech chat. I can't mod this area, so I'll see if someone else can move it.

The carrier bearing is part of the rt side axle, but from what I understand can be replaced independently- although most of the time it is replaced with the entire axle. I do not think that is all of the problem.

Continuous clicking when making sharp turns is indicative of a bad outer CV joint, and requires replacement of the CV axle in question. Look under the car at the outer CV boot, and you'll likely notice a lot of grease and a torn or broken CV boot. If you don't see that, the axle is still probably bad but you'll have to figure out which one is bad by listening from the inside of the car while it's making the noise.

IMO you should replace both axles at the same time because if one goes bad from wear then the other is likely to go bad very soon. Replacing either axle requires complete draining and replacement of the transmission fluid.

It is likely that pulling the transmission is what caused the axle failure, but I'd think that the axle would've had to been going out before you replaced the transmission.
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This question should've been posted in Tech chat. I can't mod this area, so I'll see if someone else can move it.

The carrier bearing is part of the rt side axle, but from what I understand can be replaced independently- although most of the time it is replaced with the entire axle. I do not think that is all of the problem.

Continuous clicking when making sharp turns is indicative of a bad outer CV joint, and requires replacement of the CV axle in question. Look under the car at the outer CV boot, and you'll likely notice a lot of grease and a torn or broken CV boot. If you don't see that, the axle is still probably bad but you'll have to figure out which one is bad by listening from the inside of the car while it's making the noise.

IMO you should replace both axles at the same time because if one goes bad from wear then the other is likely to go bad very soon. Replacing either axle requires complete draining and replacement of the transmission fluid.

It is likely that pulling the transmission is what caused the axle failure, but I'd think that the axle would've had to been going out before you replaced the transmission.
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