Had new tires placed on my truck today and noticed that the left front outer CV boot was split at the smaller diameter side, letting some grease spill out. After bringing it up with the mechanic he said it would be better to replace the entire front left axle instead of just replacing the CV boot. Is this accurate information? Do the pro's out weigh the con's? Is the mechanic trying to screw me into paying more money for something that I don't need? I'm would be grateful for any words of advice. Thanks
When CV joints started getting popular, it was common to remove the axle. Then the joint, then the boot and replace it. However, the cost of a rebuilt axle with 2 new joints and new boots has come down to a point that it is not cost effective to repair the old boot. By the time you pay labor to repair the old one, you could have paid for a new one with ALL new parts. That is most likely the reason he made that suggestion.
March, 19, 2013 AT 1:32 AM
So just spend the money and get the whole thing replaced would be the consensus? Is there really that much more labor into replacing the boot on the axle?
March, 19, 2013 AT 1:34 AM
How soon should I have this problem fixed?
March, 19, 2013 AT 4:28 AM
MAYBE ONE HOUR TOPS?
OUT IN THE DRIVEWAY
COMES WITH GREASE!
YOURS STILL SEEMS FUNCTIONAL?
(I DID NOT HAVE YOUR FULL NOMENCLATURE OR ENGINE SIZE. SO I GUESSED)
VERSUS. ONE OF THESE. AND ADD ON TO THAT. HELPING THE OTHER FELLER BUY HIS 'VETTE?
(WITH YOUR "CORRECT INFO" THIS MIGHT EVEN BE MORE)
I'M ONE WITH THE "IF IT AIN'T BROKE. DON'T FIX IT" ATTITUDE. MEANING: JUST FIX WHAT'S BROKE FOR NOW
BACK IN 1991, I BOUGHT JEEPS #s 6 AND 7 (#6 IS MY 6TH CJ 5). ON 4 OF MY PREVIOUS CJ 5s, THE 2 PIECE REAR AXLE HAD STRIPPED OUT ( PROBABLY THE WEAK SPOT FOR ALL CJ 5s, 7s, AND 8s)
YOU HAD TWO OPTIONS: 1) INSTALL A NEW 2 PC. AXLE (ON THE SIDE THAT STRIPPED) ABOUT $150 THEN. THEN YOU STILL HAD THE SAME CRAP
2) BUY A 1 PIECE "SET" (DRIVER AND PASSENGER SIDE) BACK THEN, THIS WAS THE "NEW THING" AND IT WORKED WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS. I PUT 'EM IN THREE OF THE FOUR PREVIOUS JEEPS.I WAS HAPPY!
SO WHEN I GOT #6 ("MR. JEEP" 1977 CJ 5) WHEN I SCROUNGED UP $500.00. I BOUGHT A SET FOR HIM.I HELD OFF ON INSTALLING THEM, 'CAUSE I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF CATCHING UP ON 30+ YEARS OF "LACK OF MAINTENANCE" ON #7 ("WILLY" 1946 WILLYS).'MEMBER I BOUGHT BOTH IN '91.#7 WAS ROADWORTHY IN '93
WELL NOW, IT'S 22 YEARS LATER. BOTH "6" AND "7" ARE STILL MY DAILY TRANSPORTATION, THE PICS BELOW ARE SORTA RECENT
I FIGGERED WHEN EITHER ONE OF MY REAR AXLES STRIPPED, OR MY WHEEL BEARINGS WENT OUT.I'D INSTALL THE 1 PC. AXLES I BOUGHT 22 YEARS AGO FOR $500
.I'M STILL WAITING.(DARN BEARINGS WILL SHELL OUT FOR SURE NOW!)
LOOKS LIKE MAYBE A $500 CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT WITH 22+ YEARS OF MATURITY COULDA BOUGHT THOSE EZily----MAYBE ANOTHER JEEP TOO!
I HAD NOTHING ELSE TO DO 'CEPT "RIB" Jacobandnickolas. HE'S THE JEALOUS TYPE!
BUT I'M NOT FOOLIN'. MY STORY IS TRUE!
March, 20, 2013 AT 1:46 AM
The joint could last a long time the way it is before going bad. When it starts going bad, you will hear a clicking noise from the joint on sharp turns.