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Old 04-07-2004, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default i car got the boot. well needs a new boot...:(

well went to get my brakes inspected today. they were fine, etc.


but my cv drive boot thing. was cracked not sure how long ago but it lost about a palm full of green oozze stufff. he said it doenst look that old. so probll could get away with a new boot and 2 hours of less for labour to reinstall new booot, lube, it up etc..


now anything i can do? as a lame ass wannabe mechanic. to help prolong it? or fix it myself.. ?? thanks.

also what ill affect will it have on my car if i dont fix it?

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Old 04-07-2004, 05:59 PM   #2
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if you don't fix it NOW, your CV joint will fall apart in a few hundred kilometers (or less) with no grease in there. Be lucky you can get a new boot put on, cause a whole new axle will run you a lot more


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Old 04-07-2004, 07:50 PM   #3
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I recommand have somebody else do it, it's a very labor intensive and messy job.

Look thru ads, you should be able to find some cheap deal.

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Old 04-07-2004, 08:24 PM   #4
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Replacing just the boot (about $15) requires the use of a specail tool (boot clamp pliers...about $25 more) and some fairly intensive labr for the DIYer. You might want to consider having this done, rather than doing it yourself. As suggested, this needs to be done SOONER rather than later, or you'll have to replace the entire halfshaft assembly. $$$

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Old 04-08-2004, 02:15 AM   #5
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Heh yeah i second the 'fix it now' motion. I just replaced the drivers side axle on my sisters celica today cause the CV boot had been ripped for a while, and wrecked the whole axle. Messy job, pain in the ass, and my arms are a bit cut up and bruised from the job lol. I saved her $160 by doing it for her, found the part for $90 CDN when the repair shop wanted $250 with parts and labour. Preventitive maintenance is the key, could have saved me some hassle .

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Old 04-08-2004, 10:06 AM   #6
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They sell lame "split boots" for some models, don't know about yours. They go around the joint without unbolting anything/much and the seam is glued. You have to keep the grease off the glue and seam. This usually falls into the category of "Beater repair" though with the coat-hanger muffler strap. But, it could be another option.

I always thought it was good mechanical practice to just get a whole rebuilt half-axle rather than mess with the boots, if the front end is taken apart. The labor is so much $$$ that to get a warrantied replacement is prudent. With something as new as a VUE I wouldn't know though...

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Old 04-08-2004, 05:08 PM   #7
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well for me the prices in my area are

50 for the boot and 2 hour labour. 60 an hour

or 204 +1 hour of labour for the whole half shaft. so.. its cheaper for me to just get hte guy to replace the boota nd its pretty new.. not sure how or when.. it happend so.. gonna get it fixed soon.. but $$.. is slowly coming.

gonna do the boot probally. but gonna get some quotes elsewhere also.

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Old 04-08-2004, 06:18 PM   #8
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You don't give year & model, but that sounds high for a reman axle shaft, even in Canadian $.

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Old 04-08-2004, 07:49 PM   #9
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well i shopped around and went to my buddys garage.

20 for the boot, and 93 bux for 1 1/2 labour.

even crappy tires was cheaper.. 105 for labour and 13 bux for the boot...

jerkoff mechanic shop.. so not brin gmy mbusiness their anymore.. used to go their alot but theirs some new manager/ mechanic and looks like a reject from the 80's show.... does cash deals ont he side all the time so... time for a new mechanic i think.

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Old 04-10-2004, 01:28 AM   #10
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I have the same thing happening with my car. The left front CV boot is leaking. There's grease caked on the inside of the wheel. Anyway, I got some estimates for replacing the boot only and replacing the CV joint. It seems replacing the boot only is almost as much as replacing the whole joint. Aamco quoted me $200 (parts and labor) for the CV joint and $160 for just the boot. They said that fixing the boot is a temporary fix and the joint will likely need to be replaced shortly thereafter.

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Old 04-10-2004, 04:38 PM   #11
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Yeah, im my experience, once the boot goes...they cv joint goes soon after, even when replacing the boot right away. Those boot kits are junk. Tried them once, could never get the boot to seat properly. Ened up having one done professionally anyway. I found a rebuilt shaft for my sl1 for about 75 bucks. Takes about 2 hours to replace. Real easy tho...

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Old 04-10-2004, 06:19 PM   #12
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If you get the boot fixed fairly quickly after it cracks, the CV joint may not be severely damaged. It's not terribly obvious when you see the "green slime mess" how long it's been broken.

That's another reason for 3000 mile oil changes - that's an excellent time to inspect the boots (and other stuff) for damage.

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