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Front CV Axle - Repair or Replace??


jimEMT

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Found I have a torn outer driver's side CV Boot...question comes is do I replace the boot or should I replace the axle? 130k on it. Bigger question...are there any detailed how-to's of HOW to remove the axle to repair it? I've searched the threads on here and found nothing....how intense of a job is it to do? Have to replace the upper bal joints soon, was thinking of doing it at that point.


-Jim
 


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gamecocks

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replace, and its not too hard ( shouldnt be atleast ive done cv's on a few cars before) and while you do the upper BJs would be a great time
 








airic

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Just replaced the passenger side axle and seal this past weekend.The job wasnt to bad.Just needed a few specialty tools.Need to replace the driver side soon
 




jimEMT

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Any advice or pointers based on your experience? What specialty tools do you recommend? Did you buy an OEM replacement CV or if aftermarket what brand?
 




airic

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I had to use a tie rod puller on the upper ball joint,hub puller to push the axle through the wheel bearing and I used a CarQuest axle.
 




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I did mine on the driver side when I replaced the wheel bearing. Getting the upper ball joint apart was tough even with a ball joint fork. It would be a good idea to replace the axle seal while you're in there, mine started leaking a few months after because I didn't think to replace it.

I got whatever Advanced Auto sells. The nut it came with didn't have a flange on it, so I had to get a big flat washer. I found that a short, thick pry bar worked well to pop the axle out of the differential.
 




airic

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Using the tie rod puller on the upper ball joint made it easy.Changing the seal is a good idea and also the sway bar link.
 




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