2001 GMC Sierra CV boot

Tiny
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  • 2001 GMC SIERRA
  • 148,000 MILES
I took my vehicle in for a routine oil change and they noticed a leaking CV boot. What is the CV boot and what function does it perfom? How critical is the repair? How quickly should it be repaired and how expensive could the repair be? How often is this repair typically required?
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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 AT 6:25 PM

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Tiny
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THE CV BOOT IS A RUBBER SHIELD OVER THE "ACTUAL CV JOINT"

THE CV JOINT IS PART OF THE CV AXLE WHICH IS SORTA LIKE A DRIVE-SHAFT TO YOUR WHEEL(S)

THE JOINT ITSELF IS BASICALLY A BEARING(S) THAT ALLOW THE AXLE TO SWIVEL OR MOVE AS THE SUSPENSION MOVES

THE CV JOINT REALLY NEEDS TO STAY AS CLEAN AS IT CAN BE---THAT'S WHY THE "BOOT" IS ON THERE. DIRT AND WATER CAN MAKE THE JOINT PREMATURELY WEAR OUT. THEN THE WHOLE CV AXLE WOULD HAVE TO BE REPLACED. AT A SHOP THIS COULD GET EXPENSIVE!

THE RUBBER ACCORDION DEALEES (THE BOOTS) ARE WHAT SPLIT OR TEAR

IF THE JOINTS SEEMS TO BE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER (MAYBE NO TERRIBLE DAMAGE!) YOU MAY BE ABLE TO REPLACE THE BOOT ONLY (NOT THE WHOLE AXLE) WITH AN AFTER-MARKET "SPLIT BOOT". SEEN IN BELOW LINK

THE NEIGHBOR KID WHO IS IN HIGH SCHOOL AUTO MECHANICS SHOP COULD PERFORM THIS TASK IN AN HOUR. IN YOUR CARPORT. WITH MINIMAL TOOLS!

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU OWE ME LUNCH NOW! LOL!

LEMME KNOW WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE---I CAN RECOMMEND OPTIONS OTHER THAN THE STEALERSHIP AND THE "BIG EXPENSIVE SHOPS". SHOULD YOUR NEIGHBOR KID BE GETTING BAD GRADES AT SCHOOL IN AUTO MECHANICS SHOP

KEEP US POSTED

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Saturday, June 8th, 2013 AT 6:56 PM
Tiny
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. WELL.I GOT A NOTIFICATION THAT YOU (OR SOMEONE) HAD REPLIED TO THIS POST. NOBODY HERE?

HAVE YOU TAKEN ANY ACTION WITH YOUR AXLE?

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013 AT 5:26 PM

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