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Old 04-07-2020, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Any way to test an axle out of the car?

Heavy sigh.

I had a friend help me clean out my workshop this weekend. I had pulled three great condition axles out of the local junk yard like 10 years ago and have been holding on to them as spares.

Well, he was moving them, and not knowing anything, just pulled them up by the ends and accordioned the boots, so the shafts separated. It was only for a moment, though. Boots are fine. As I understand it, the tiny pins could have moved inside, making the CV unusable.

Is there any way to test them and see if they're still good?

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Default Re: Any way to test an axle out of the car?

There is a correct way to test them.

Here is an incorrect way that I found useful:
Hold the axle horizontally with both hands, one on either side of the boot. Hold the short side at the threads. Hold the “long side” at the balance point so that all parts of the axle are horizontal. Now, listen and feel for rattles by shaking the axle up and down like you’re doing fast, small 1” weightlifting curls.
Maybe it’s just the lack of grease in them, but I’ve identified some suspect, high-mileage axles by getting them to rattle.
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Default Re: Any way to test an axle out of the car?

Posts 5 and 7 by OldNuc have info
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=137511

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