Replace CV boots/axles

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Pat Quadlander, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Experienced/Knowledgeable Comments from Do-It-Yourselfers:

    On my '99 Accord 5spd manual with 110,000 miles, the front CV Boots are
    beginning to have "sweat stains", indicating some leakage of the
    grease-packed CV joints. I'm told it's easier to just replace the whole
    side axle, rather than replace the boots and messy grease.

    Are the dealer parts worth the extra cost, or have you had good luck with
    another supplier? I see re-built axles anywhere from $60 on up, browsing
    online and ebay. If not the dealer, who specifically would you recommend?

    On DIY scale of 1 - 3, I'm 2.

    Pat Quadlander, Jun 10, 2006
  2. Pat Quadlander

    TeGGeR® Guest

    If no dirt or water has got into the joints, by all means salvage your
    horrendously expensive and top-quality driveshafts and install new grease
    and boots.

    If you use new OEM boots, this will probably be the last time you'll ever
    have to replace the boots, and the shafts will last almost the life of the
    car. Aftermarket shafts will be OK for a couple of years, then all bets are
    TeGGeR®, Jun 10, 2006
  3. Pat Quadlander

    Rich Gray Guest

    I agree! If you can install OEM boots and OEM grease it will be the last
    axles you'll need. I took the "rebuilt" route on my 88 Accord and even with
    the lifetime warranty the axles still needed to be replaced two years later.
    I rebuilt my 97 CRV's axles after an inboard boot failed, took about 1.5
    hours to do the job plus parts. It is a messy job but not hard if you are a
    experienced DIY'er.

    Rich Gray, Jun 11, 2006
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