I have an Auto GSX and the CV boot clamp broke off. I'm talking about on the outer boot on the driver's side axle. I've tried using a hose clamp and header wrap ties to re-clamp the boot so all my grease isn't slinging everywhere. Nothing worked, so I want to reboot it.
If you guys could give me a run through, I would really appreciate it.
I bought a boot kit from Napa that came with the boot, clamps, and a bag of grease.
Also, for those of you who took your A/C out, how did you space the support arm for the axle that bolts to the block?
For the boot kit, the axle comes apart from the inner end.
Cut the bands off the inner end, slide the boot back and clean the grease out, then carefully pull plunge joint apart taking note the orientation it was installed. Scribe a line to mark position of cage on inner end of axle shaft, then remove snap ring and pull cage and inner boot off.
Then you can cut the bands off of the outboard end, slide the boot off of the inboard end. Clean all the grease up, inspect bearings for wear. Slide new outboard boot on, put inner band on, apply grease packet, and install outer band.
Slide new inner boot on, reinstall cage in same position you removed it from and reinstall snap ring. Slide inner boot into position and install band on outer end, apply grease, reinstall plunge joint into cup in same position as you removed it from, and install inner band.
As for the spacer: MB297732
ETA: If the procedure isn't exactly 100% forgive me, it's 5am, I typed it from memory, and I haven't done one in probably 5 years.
So if your boot is torn and you fix it right away it'll be fine and if you leave it for a while it will cause more damage? I'm not trying to sound like a dumb ass, but my pass. side boot is ripped and I've left it now for about 2 months (no $) so am I asking for more problems? If so what am I looking at and how will I no if I caused more damage? Thanks in advance.
If your passenger side cv joint isn't making noise, you should be fine if you go ahead and replace the boot. If it's making a clicking noise, the bearings in that joint are damaged, and you need a new axle.
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