Civic CV boots torn -- now what?

Discussion in 'Civic' started by Patrick Moss, Jan 19, 2007.

  1. Patrick Moss

    Patrick Moss Guest

    Hi folks,

    Haven't posted in a long while.

    '97 Civic EX coupe, 5 spd, 150k miles

    Normally, I am very fastidious about my maintenance, but I've moved
    several times in the last year and a half, and I let my maintenance slip
    as a result. I got under my car last weekend for a MTF change and
    discovered, to my chagrin, that both outer CV boots are ripped.

    I've searched the archives and it appears my best bet is to replace the
    axles, even though I'm not hearing any noise out of the front end.

    My mechanic wants to order aftermarket (not sure of the manufacturer)
    for $83/side. I've read good things about products, so maybe
    someone can weight in as to whether it's worth the extra $ to go with
    them. They are $109/side + $30/pair shipping (= $82 more).

    Other suggestions?

    Also, will I lose all my MTF as part of this bargain?

    Patrick Moss, Jan 19, 2007
  2. Patrick Moss

    Tegger Guest

    If they're OEM boots, that that takes two years from the first sign of
    cracking, you know. Neglect has its price.

    Not necessarily.

    My suggestion is to attempt to retain the original CV joints if at all
    possible (if they are original of course). Pull them apart, clean 'em
    off, and with a bright light and magnifying glass, check for even the
    tiniest flaw in the balls and races. If none, repack with new grease,
    install new OEM boots, and forget about them forever.

    See here for some pics:

    Yep. But that's the cheapest of your worries.
    Tegger, Jan 19, 2007
  3. Patrick Moss

    Nick Guest

    I've replaced my original (boot was not torn at the time I changed
    them) with new Cardone axles from autozone ($90 each shipped). I have
    been running on them for about a year now without any problems. The
    only one problem I see is that the axle itself doesn't have a
    protective coating like the OEM ones have and it is showing some
    surface rust, but they do have a lifetime warranty so worse case, in
    3-4 years I do it again this time just the cost of my time.

    I'm not sure if it is because I have an auto transmission but when I
    took out the CV joints no transmission fluid spilled out. It may have
    been the way I had the car on the lift (and yes I had enough fluid).
    Nick, Jan 22, 2007
  4. Patrick Moss

    Patrick Moss Guest

    So, there *is* a noise in the front, so I'll be replacing both axles.

    My next question: is an axle, an axle? Or are some better than others?

    Patrick Moss, Jan 25, 2007
  5. you get what you pay for. If you are keeping the car, spend the bucks on OEM
    from a dealer.
    loewent via, Jan 25, 2007
  6. Patrick Moss

    Tegger Guest

    HUGE differences in quality. You get what you pay for. NAPA is one of the
    better sources. But be prepared for noisy axles right out of the box. If
    you get one of those, you'll need to get it replaced under warranty. Worst
    case, you may have to go through several axles before finding two that
    don't make any noise.

    And don't forget to let some air into the inner boots once the axle is
    installed. The boot should NOT be puckered or distorted in any way. If it
    is, it will fail within weeks.

    OEM shafts are very expensive compared to aftermarket. At this point it's
    cheaper to install aftermarket and be prepared to do early replacements.
    Tegger, Jan 25, 2007
  7. Patrick Moss

    AZ Nomad Guest

    For a car that ten years old, that might not be a great deal: $500 for a
    single part on a $1500 car. Do that three times over the next few years and
    you might as well total the car now and go out and buy something else and
    leave it for the crusher.

    If you aren't spending somebody else's money, then it makes far more sense to
    buy from a reputable aftermarket parts outfit such as NAPA. Let the dealer
    get their rent money for their overpriced property from some other sucker.
    AZ Nomad, Jan 25, 2007
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