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To start off, I had my oil changed at the dealship last month. The dealer told me that the car needs new joints and control arm bushings.

Recently, I've noticed that sometimes there is a click that I hear from the front of the car when I accelerate from a stop. What could be causing this? Is it cause for alarm?

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Does it click a lot when you're maneuvering around parking lots? –  Parker Jun 6 '12 at 4:14
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Recommend you take care of the known issues before you waste too much time diagnosing this noise. The other issues could very well be causing the sound. –  Brian Knoblauch Jun 6 '12 at 11:39
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@BrianKnoblauch, you should rephrase your comment as an answer: I'd be willing to bet that the issues cited by the OP are the problem. –  Bob Cross Jun 11 '12 at 17:28
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I've owned several FWD cars and the clicking, especially while turning or accelerating, is a pretty sure sign of a CV (constant velocity) joint going. So if your mechanic told you "joints," +1 to that.

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You can usually drive a ways (5000mi/8000km) before the sound becomes unbearable. I never got past the clicking phase, but I'm told you eventually start hearing knocking, then screeching metal, and finally it just busts, possibly taking other components with it. So, probably should fix it before that.

In case you wanted to try something DIY, I've heard some guys pull back the CV boot (the rubber sleeve) and repack grease to delay the job. Might be doable on your Volvo.

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I'd recommend you take care of the known issues before you waste too much time diagnosing this noise. The other issues could very well be causing the sound. Worn joints frequently cause clicking sounds.

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