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My L and R outer CV joint boots tore recently, and I am going to replace the boots only. I have the kits which include the grease, and straps as well. I am just wondering if anyone has any tips on what to watch out for, or what I should expect timewise.

In case you were going to suggest buying new driveshafts, that is out of the question. My budget won't permit it. :(

The service manual calls for a special tool called a ball joint remover (ball joint is part of suspension). Is this a necessary tool, or does it just simplify somewhat?

Also, what should I do to clean the joints once I have the old boots off? Dealer just said to wipe it down a little bit. Is this sufficient?

I don't expect to have to remove the driveshaft from the differential case, so do I still have to drain transmission oil?

Thanks in advance!

If you know of a website that illustrates this, that would be most excellent!
 

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You can rent the ball joint remover and other special tools free from AutoZone. I would recommend using the right tools.

You don't need new shafts if you're replacing recently torn boots where dirt has not gotten into the CV joing bearing races.

This is a tough job - good luck.
 

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Perfect! There is an AutoZone about 5 minutes away. I really appreciate the info. I hope they can also lend me a torque wrench that goes to 180 lb-ft (spindle nut torque spec.).

I was wondering how obvious it is if dirt actually has gotten into bearing races. I don't know exactly how long boot has been torn because I never thought to check, and I hadn't rotated tires in a while. But, I know for sure that one broke within 100 miles, so hopefully they are on the same schedule. Hehe.
 

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I hear what you are saying about your budget, but I bought both axles for $175 from Pep Boys... in the long run, I think that you would be better off just replacing the entire axle... you never know if dirt got into the joint while it was torn... who knows how long the bott repair kit will last... just my 2 cents
 

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Replacing the boots is pretty easy. Make sure that you follow the directions. To find out if you need to replace the joints remove the grease from the end that you are replacing, get it cleaned up good so you can see the bearings. Look to make sure all the bearings are still there. See if there is any heat damage to the bearings, This is the bluing of the metal, see if it has damaged the seal that holds the bearings in. If not then put the boot back on then fill with grease and put back together. good luck.
 

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BlackEG_Si said:
In case you were going to suggest buying new driveshafts, that is out of the question. My budget won't permit it. :(
u dont need a big budget to get newly rebuilt axles. i dont know about CA but here in NYC i got both of my front axles for $200. you get $100 back when you give them your old axels back(cores)
so $50 is not that much to pay for a rebuilt axle. i wanted to get the boots but they were like $30 something and i said forget it. its much easier to change the whole thing than having to take it appart and stuff.
 

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a friend helped my do my axels, but with the rebuild kit i used on of the straps was too short, so only choice
was to twist a coat hanger on, but that did hold me till the oem honda strap came in, so watch out and make sure you get a good seal

oh yeah and don't for get to burp the boot(get air pockets out), don't want it to silp off 50 miles after your done
 

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I forgot to say, I have been working on it with a friend, and we got to the point where we were looking at the outboard joint. So, the rotor was rotated out of the way and the damper fork is off.

We can't remove the outer joint from the driveshaft. I am thinking I should do this so I can just slide the boot on from the outboard side.

Do I have to remove entire driveshaft and disassemble the inboard joint instead??? That might be easier, cuz it is just a spider and rollers.

Let me know if you have done this.

Again, I appreciate the response, but if you would just like to suggest replacing entire driveshaft, please save a post. I seriously cannot afford that at all. Just the $50 for the boots is a lot for me right now. My financial situation may change soon, and then I can consider it, but right now, I need to get to school on Monday, and I need to get this done! :)
 
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