I noticed the other day that my left front CV boot is torn. Is there a way
to replace the boot and re grease the joint, or do I have to replace the
entire half shaft? If I can replace and degrease, what grease should I use
and where can I get the boot?
BTW I noticed this because I heard a very slight squeaking noise from the
front end. I'm sure it's been gone for a while but I really don't want to
replace the entire unit right now. I guess another question is how can I
clean out the current CV joint of any dirt that is already there?
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On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 00:18:22 -0500, "Robert R Kircher, Jr."
I followed that guide to replace the boots on my '94 Rodeo... it
worked great. Did it on one Saturday and saved a bundle doing it
myself, even though I had to buy a some tools. The shop procedure is
to drop the front axle, completely disassembling the front suspension
in the process. Nasty.
But to answer your question... you shouldn't have to replace half
shafts just because the boots tore. Assuming yours is a part time 4x4
there isn't a load on the joint most of the time... and when there is
a load it's usually at low speeds. Clean the joints really good with
brake cleaner when you put on new boots, be sure to use CV joint
grease when reassembling and don't mix grease types.
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