A month or so ago, I replaced the springs on a 2007 Camry 3.5 SE. While the strut was out, the weight of the hub/brake assembly on the front driver's side caused it to lean out, away from the motor, pulling the axle with it. The axle did not pull out from the transmission housing (as far as I can tell), but the inner boot of the CV joint did stretch out (accordion style). The inner boot did not tear or come loose. Simply pushing the hub/brake assembly back wouldn't allow whatever parts within the inner boot-end of the axle to mesh. I had to spin the axle slightly to get the parts within the inner end of the axle to marry in order for everything to go back in place as it was. Everything seemed fine, but upon replacing my brakes, I see a thin ring of thick lube on all the surfaces around the CV joint, where it has "spun" out (centrifugal force) from the inner most edge of the inner boot. The boot has no tears or damage that I can see, and it still looks to be correctly in place. Running my fingers along the inner edge of the boot, it feels like the inner boot may have some flanges along the inner surface of its larger (motor/transmission side) end that perhaps fit over the metal portion of the assembly that keep it from pulling apart, but I'm not positive, never having seen this assembly taken apart. I've included a pic with red arrows pointing at part of the "ring of lube"? What happened inside the CV boot while it was stretched out, to cause this? Can I removed the metal strap and pull the boot towards the hub/brake assembly to inspect whatever is under it without removing the axle/CV joint?
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 AT 10:01 PM