I can only share that cv joints on Cadillacs were REAL expensive, ... In the 1970s when they were new to all of us. They are still very expensive to buy new ones from the dealer. A more economical approach is to buy remanufactured half shafts. That includes the inner and outer joints, connecting shaft, and two new boots. Your old shaft will be returned to be rebuilt and sold to the next person. Some of these rebuilt shafts can be found for as low as $80.00 for Chrysler products, and a little more for imports. Defective joints, such as yours, are only replaced when necessary but they will all have new boots. Some people replace the entire shaft assembly when just one boot is torn. Boot replacement kits cost around $20.00, and about twice that from the dealer, but it takes about an hour to replace it. The shaft assembly can often be replaced in less than a half hour so labor cost is less. I can't say about your car, but the big heavy Cadillacs in the '70s were real hard to get apart to replace the shafts. Those could take up to three hours and lots of frustration. I suspect your car will have one of GM's more common designs now and will likely not take that long to repair.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 AT 9:35 PM