I was set for a long journey last week, so I asked a well known garage/workshop in central Cape Town to check my CV joints before I left. They declared that everything was in perfect order. The photo is taken 1000km into my journey. A CV joint failed. It seems a quintessentially South African story. OBSERVATION: He's a brother-in-law. They say it's useful to have a doctor and an attorney among one's relatives. We have a mechanic -- he's also an ordained evangelist -- and he's saved the day for many of us.