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PostSubject: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:07 pm

I drove my car to the convenient store this morning and parked it in the driveway - no issues. Then a little later I needed to move the car into the garage and I noticed there's a glop of nasty on the floor where my car had been and sure enough, another nice one under the car where I had it on the driveway. This had to be just recent because I pretty much always park in the garage and there was just that one fresh blop on the floor.



The only thing that I could see this coming from is my driver side inner CV boot although I'm having a hard time trying to feel for any tear or hole with my hand. There's nothing else that could be right? Also you can't really see it in the picture but a couple of the edges of the boot bellows on one side looks kind of smashed in like it was smashed against something for a really long time. I dunno - it just doesn't really look right to me. Anyway has anyone seen this on this car and what would be the most painless way to deal with it? I don't believe there's anything wrong with the rest of my CV axle so I assume just buy a replacement boot kit but then I've never serviced a CV shaft so I don't quite know how that goes. help
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PostSubject: Re: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:29 pm

Yup, torn boot.

Two approaches. Replace the boot, or replace the CV shaft. To replace the boot requires the shaft to be removed, or else install a "split boot". I don't think split boots are very good. If you replace the boot don't forget to grease the joint first.

Generally, disassembling the CV joint is messy and a challenge, but not all that bad. Needs to be disassembled for a boot replacement.

If you aren't up for a challenge, just replace the shaft.
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PostSubject: Re: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:08 pm

I just youtube'd the process. It doesn't look too bad. I would just replace the axle but all I hear from the w-body crew is that aftermarket axles are junk and OEM is $$$, plus I'm pretty certain mine has not spent much time getting crudded up with contaminents due to having a torn boot for a long time. I was just working near that area of the car a week ago and I would have seen something if my boot was torn and spitting out grease like you see it now. That shit is everywhere! So much for nice clean new cradle...
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PostSubject: Re: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:19 am

Yeah there are def. issues with some reman axles - some will last forever, some will last a month. But they have a "lifetime warranty"!!!!11!
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PostSubject: Re: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:27 pm

For the sake of saving time since I don't have much of it to spend right now I decided to pick up a new axle from OReilly's with a lifetime warranty. I think it was $70. I've read nothing but bad things on the remans so I'm hoping I'll have more luck with the new one. I'm definitely saving my old one and when I get around to it, I'll re-boot it and have it ready in case the new one craps out.
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PostSubject: Re: Did my CV boot take a sh*t??   Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:32 pm

It's in. Pretty easy to remove/install. It took me more time to clean all the grease off the car than the actual replacement of the axle. My only dumbo move was that after I had the old axle out, I started the engine to turn the wheel a bit to line up the strut better which dumped about a qt of trans fluid onto the floor from where the axle goes in the trans. dunce

I'm at 202,605mi right now. We'll see how long this one lasts.
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