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Seems to me, they used to call these something a bit different. Like CVC joints or something. No matter.
I have something clunking in the front when backing out of parking spaces and maneuvering at low speeds in parking lots.
I've been very lucky I guess that I've never had to change or really get near a CV joint on any of my Rovers to date, but I have a feeling that is going to change.
So with all my versions of RAVE disappearing or failing to open, and the one left that does work makes absolutely no mention whatsoever of CV joints, Hubs or even ball joints, I'm hoping for an insight as to what to expect or look out for. Any special tools needed?
I'm planning to replace with Bearmech parts, but I may have to order them directly from Bearmech, no one seems to be carrying them.

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For the remove and refit, check operation 60.25.01 in the front suspension section.

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I'd suggest you check the propshaft universal joints as well, When i had one fail it would thump and clunk when changing direction of travel (they are somewhat easier to fit than the cv joints as well once you have the propshaft off as well).

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My vogue had CVS done and props are fine yet mine clunks when going from forward to reverse ---- in fact I know of 3 V8s that are the same ---- I gave up and live with it

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I think it's backlash from digs and drivetrain

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If it's a definite clunk when going from forward to reverse, it's likely to be backlash in a diff. If it does it when moving at low speed in a straight line, likely to be a propshaft UJ, if it does it when turning slowly, it's likely a CV joint. In RAVE it's under front suspension and referred to as driveshaft.

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There is a clunk which is characteristic of many P38 I experienced, which comes from the rear trailing arms ...

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KCR wrote:

There is a clunk which is characteristic of many P38 I experienced, which comes from the rear trailing arms ...

Is that the marimba-like "DOOONK" you get going from forwards to reverse or reverse to forwards, after you've moved about half a turn of the wheels?

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Gilbert nailed it. It happens when I'm turning, usually close to steering lock position while maneuvering. Not really when changing from reverse to forward gear.
I will take the time to check prop shafts and ball joints as best I can anyway while under there of course.
I will look in that section again. Thank you for the pointer. I thought I had looked there, but I think a lot of things these days and forget a lot of things as well.

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Gordonjcp … yes, very funny Description, but I think You got it. Read somewhere ( forgot where) that’s related to the big rivets which get minimal play.

Greyhound5 … Good luck, now You got the source.

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Found it! Whoda' thunk to look all the way at the back of the "Electronic Suspension" section when it in fact has absolutely nothing at all to do with whether the suspension is electronically controlled air or mechanical springs.
Thank you. I have it, and it's pretty much as expected. I'll have to look into the tool mentioned for installing the oil seal or if like may a socket the right size will do the trick nicely.
Just a side note, the reference number is 60.25.01.

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KCR wrote:

Gordonjcp … yes, very funny Description, but I think You got it. Read somewhere ( forgot where) that’s related to the big rivets which get minimal play.

I've always just ignored it, figuring it'll get worse or won't, and in roughly 100,000 miles in the past six years it hasn't got noticeably worse or better.

"They all do that sir"

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Mine has also done this for the whole 4 years I’ve had it. It hasn’t gotten any worse and actually I don’t even notice it anymore.