I have a 2005 Ford Escape. The tone ring cracked on the front left shaft and was causing the ABS and 4x4 lights to turn on.
I had a spare cv joint new in the box so I tore everything apart and pulled the old shaft.
When I put the new shaft in it didn't seat all the way but I didn't realize it. I had a time getting the 2 pinch bolts on the shock to line up. I talked with my brother and he said to make sure it was in all the way. I checked and it was out by about an inch to much. So I backed the nut off on the shaft to the end and tapped it with a hammer repeatedly until I saw it slide all the way up in.
After I put it all together I tried driving it and just going a foot or two I'd have to give it a fair amount of gas and I could hear it binding then clunking. It'd pop them move a few inches then bind again. Turning or going straight made no difference.
So I tore it all apart again and noticed that the upper joint on the shaft was not free but was very hard to flex. Also the clip on the end of the shaft has a small chip missing maybe about 1mm big (I put a magnet back inside the transmission
, but didn't get the chip out) I took the shaft back to advance and they swapped me for a new one. I installed that one and it went in much better then the first one and seemed to lock in the proper position.. The pinch bolts for the shock lined up with no trouble this time. Tested it again this morning and it still clunked and seemed like it was binding, but not as bad this time.
Back apart. I put back in the old shaft which is fine other then the missing tone ring. Again it went in smoothly and bolts lined up well. I tried it and still have the clunk and the popping sound. A little less worse though then even the previous time. I drove it about 75 yards and it kept binding and popping.
Does this sound like I messed something up inside of the transmission? Is there anything I can try or should I take it to a transmission shop?