Wow, this is embarrassing... In January I wrote in asking for advice re
my brakes and promised I'd post a followup on the outcome of my prob.
Leaker that I am, I never did, partly because the issue went on for so
long--2-3 months--that I just lost touch. What happened was that after
replacing my master cylinder, I couldn't get my brakes bled. Well, I
could bleed them, but after a period of days to weeks I again had air in
the rear lines. I won't go into the gory details, but in the end it
appears the problem was a leak (a VACUUM leak??) at the clutch line
spigot. After I trimmed the hose end and put on a good hose clamp the
situation resolved. Oh, I also loosened the cap on the master cyl just
slightly. Got good brakes now.
Now I'm doing the front cv joints. I'm sure I just need the outers, but
whole axle assemblies are $75 whereas individual front outers are $135!
Likely the difference between new and reman. Since I've redone the front
suspension twice in the last 5 years, everything comes apart easy and I
know the tricks. I even got the bolts out of the inners with no
drama--no stripped heads or anything.
My problem now is I can't get the inners dislodged from their "cups" at
the tranny. Gotta be just rusted, right? Tonight I sprayed PBblaster
around the cups, and tomorrow if necessary (it will be I bet) I can
apply some heat with a propane torch.
Would anybody have any pertinent secrets to reveal? If I absolutely
can't get them apart I might have the option of disassembling the new
axles and just using the outer cv's. I hesitate to do that tho--With my
luck there'd be a snap ring issue or some such.