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Need to replace CV boot/ gaiter... how??

Discussion in 'Cavalier, Calibra, Vectra, Signum, Sintra & Insignia owners forum' started by GAJ, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. GAJ

    GAJ New Member

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    I've searched the forum already but can't find anything on this... The CV boot at the passenger site hub has split on my cav sri130 and needs replacing, anyone got any ideas on the easiest way to do it?

    Cheers
     
  2. JJ

    JJ Jeff fa faaa

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    Ok,go to a motor factors,halfords etc etc,ask them for the universal wrap around cv boot.Basiclly it's split down the middle and wraps around the joint,rather than having to strip the whole lower arm,hub etc,all you do is take the wheel off..(y)..just follow the instuctions that come with it and you can't go wrong mate..(y)
     
  3. GAJ

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    Sorry, forgot to mention, i have already bought a universal boot, just wasn't sure what bits around the hub need to come off and what i can get away with leaving on while i do the job.
     
  4. ads v6

    ads v6 vxon cav lover

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    in my opinion those split boots are rubbish and dont last very long. i got a cone from my local discount shop, all you do is take the drive shaft out of the hub, grease the cone , placce cone against the driveshaft end , and push new boot over the cone,and ontoi the driveshaft, replace driveshaft back into hub. Ads
     
  5. GAJ

    GAJ New Member

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    But what steps do i need to take to remove the hub to get the boot on?
     
  6. vauxmaster

    vauxmaster Missing the Booooossst!!!! :-(

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    Once u've jacked it up got the axle stands underneath plus removed the wheel... and undone the hub nut removed nut and washer etc...

    You only need to undo and split the track rod end and bottom ball joint... pull the bottom ball joint out from the strut...

    This will give u enough movement to pull the driveshaft out of the hub and remove the CV joint from the driveshaft.

    hth.
     
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    Dynamic Dave Qualified lego bricklayer

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    Agreed. They're crap. Handy for getting through an MOT or if you want a quick sale of the car, but chances are they won't last before the next MOT.
     
  8. jrambo

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    I,ve just changed the same boot on my calibra,with a little help from a mate.We removed the wheel,brake calipers and disc for better access.Cut the old boot off,clean up the old grease.Now the tricky bit where the drive shaft enters the joint there is a retaining circlip, it can be difficult to find ,once you find itopen it with a pair of long nose pliers at the same time pulling the shaft back towards the diff the shaft should move about 5mm, now get a pry bar and slip it between the gear box and engine bay and pull just enough to release the shaft from the joint this will enable you to slip the new boot over the shaft.When the boot is on, line the splines up on the shaft with the joint in the hub this might need a bit of a jiggle but the shaft will lock onto the circlip again,fill the joint with grease then the boot, fit boot over hub and tighten band then tighten small band clean excess grease up reassemble brakes making sure brake disc is free of grease and refit wheel I hope this is of help.
     
  9. stuart002

    stuart002 VxOn's Nissan Advocate

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    yeah split boots are pish, ive just put two cv joints on mine, didnt take the track rod ends off because they were stuck on the taper and i still managed, so dont worry if you cant get them off. get a god pair of fine pointed circlip pliers to remove the cv joint cos the clip is a fastard to open and push down into the groove. you could get one of those cone things that allows you to put the boot over the cv joint without taking the cv joint off, but i think they lie in the same league of usefullness as the split boots, i.e they suck!!!
     

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