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CV/Axle boot ripped

Hey guys i tried searching but i needed a few definitive answers to this! My outer cv/axle boot ripped (wheel side) on both sides! I think when i lowered it the old brittle rubber just ripped! Anyways i was reading in one thread that i should just get all new axles, will the axles come with new boots and everything? Or should i just buy new boots? Also is there any writeups or diy's on how to do this replacement? Im sure i can figure it out but i was just wondering if anyones made anything. Thanks guys!
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

You should probably replace both axles. Once they rip and run out of grease their life expectancy is very short. Plus putting new boots on (not the ghetto roadside glue together repair ones) requires disassembling the axle as far as I know.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

You're better off replacing the axles instead of jus the boot bc most likely the axles are close to being on their way out. So better safe then sorry and replace all of the compnents so you dont have to orry bout it til later on.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

As the guys above said, it's cheaper in the end to replace the whole axle.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

Yeah, just replace the axles instead of boots.

My car use to rip boots almost every other 500 miles because of awkward axle angle and didn't have enough shaved off my block to clear. Once you loose grease and get all kinds of road randoms they will fail you very soon.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

okay thanks guys! If i get the axles will they come with boots or do i need to make sure i get both? and i guess i might as well replace both boots inner and outer on both sides while i'm in there too! How long of a job is it for those who have done it? And i guess ill just go to autozone and get them to order em for me
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

yes new axles come with boots. try to buy the axles at a place that give you a core charge for your old axles, so they come out being only like $15 a pop or something like that.

to change the axles, you'll need an axle nut socket (36mm i believe), 1/2" breaker bar, plus a pipe to put over the breaker bar for some extra leverage, cuz they're on there tighhhhtttttt!!!! as well as a ball joint separator, and your basic set of metric wrenches and sockets.
with the car on the ground and all 4 wheels on, pop the center caps off the front wheels, put the axle nut socket on and try removing it. if the entire car is rocking back and forth, have someone in the car STANDING on the brakes so it doesn't move.
once axle nut is off, jack the car up, take the wheels off, undo the castle nut on the lower ball joint holding the LCA to the knuckle, and pull the axles out.
to get the axles outta the tranny, i just use another BJ separator and wedge it between them and gently tap w/ a hammer.
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yes new axles come with boots. try to buy the axles at a place that give you a core charge for your old axles, so they come out being only like $15 a pop or something like that.

to change the axles, you'll need an axle nut socket (36mm i believe), 1/2" breaker bar, plus a pipe to put over the breaker bar for some extra leverage, cuz they're on there tighhhhtttttt!!!! as well as a ball joint separator, and your basic set of metric wrenches and sockets.
with the car on the ground and all 4 wheels on, pop the center caps off the front wheels, put the axle nut socket on and try removing it. if the entire car is rocking back and forth, have someone in the car STANDING on the brakes so it doesn't move.
once axle nut is off, jack the car up, take the wheels off, undo the castle nut on the lower ball joint holding the LCA to the knuckle, and pull the axles out.
to get the axles outta the tranny, i just use another BJ separator and wedge it between them and gently tap w/ a hammer.
Okay so you pretty much get the axle nut loose then undo the lca and swing the whole rotor to one side and then undo the axle from the tranny and pop it out? Doesn't sound too bad, the only thing im worried about is the trans side axle, getting that in and out. But ill have the help of my dad whos a mechanic so it helps A LOT! But i like to try and accomplish these jobs mostly myself, thanks for the input everyone!
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

Ya I just replaced both of mine. Not a hard job. Prolly took me 30 min total doin all the work myself. 1st time too gettin the new axels back in can suck @ times. Make sure u have all the splines lined up correctly. My axels went in all the way but like 1'2" so I kicked them in the rest of the way. Worked like a charm lol
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

AutoZone will give you like $30 bucks for your old axles core..
Both your new axles will cost you about $140-$150..
They sell replaceable boots but their crap.. I've tried them..
CV Boots tend to rip often in lower cars if your constantly hot rodding them.

Here's what you need to know on replacing the axle:
How to Replace CV Joints on a Honda Prelude | eHow.com
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yes new axles come with boots. try to buy the axles at a place that give you a core charge for your old axles, so they come out being only like $15 a pop or something like that.

to change the axles, you'll need an axle nut socket (36mm i believe), 1/2" breaker bar, plus a pipe to put over the breaker bar for some extra leverage, cuz they're on there tighhhhtttttt!!!! as well as a ball joint separator, and your basic set of metric wrenches and sockets.
with the car on the ground and all 4 wheels on, pop the center caps off the front wheels, put the axle nut socket on and try removing it. if the entire car is rocking back and forth, have someone in the car STANDING on the brakes so it doesn't move.
once axle nut is off, jack the car up, take the wheels off, undo the castle nut on the lower ball joint holding the LCA to the knuckle, and pull the axles out.
to get the axles outta the tranny, i just use another BJ separator and wedge it between them and gently tap w/ a hammer.
yup do like he says ^^ or u could borrow like an 800ft-lb rated air gun from ur uncle like i did and run that axle nut mutha off their! its not to bad.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

okay thanks for the help fellas! me and my dad will bang this out this weekend!
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yes new axles come with boots. try to buy the axles at a place that give you a core charge for your old axles, so they come out being only like $15 a pop or something like that.
I know buying new axles is cheaper and easier to do in the long run over just changing the boots but $15 is kinda pushin it don't you think?? The cheapest ones i can get run me about $60 each.
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Re: CV/Axle boot ripped

u dont need a ball joint separater tho, just use a crow bar and pry it apart. Worked fine for me
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u dont need a ball joint separater tho, just use a crow bar and pry it apart. Worked fine for me
LoL did the ball joint come through this process undamaged?
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ya it worked fine. pretty much just pressed it out without a separator
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