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Need to replace outer rubber boot how do i take apart velocity shaft

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If you have the shaft removed, put the shaft in a vise to hold it securely, rotate the velocity joint all the way in one direction, look at the center bearing support right where it connects to the shaft, using a brass drift (punch) tap it with a hammer and it will pop off. Be sure to use brass directly on the bearing race as it will not damage the bearing surface. Hope this helps, let me know.

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The boot is not for the brakes. It is to keep the grease from getting dirty on your drive shaft from motor to tires. The rubber boot covers a rotating ball bearing union device call a CV joint (Constant Velocity) joint. It the boot is torn, you can buy two piece boots that allow you to replace the boot without pulling the CV drive shaft from the car.

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Front end wobble up to 45-50 mph. no clicking noise

A cv joint is flooded with grease and what keeps the grease in and the dirt and water out is a rubber or plastic boot. As long as the boot and the retaining clips are intact it can be assumed the joint isn't dry - I only ever encountered one where the manufacturer had forgotten to put grease in.

Being flooded with grease gives drive shaft joints of all types a long life but eventually the inevitable wear will become excessive and a joint will need replacing. Outer joints tend to develop the typical loud clicking noise when transmitting power around corners. In my experience worn outer joints do not typically cause vibrations when worn.

The inner plunge joints might be tripode type joints or constant velocity type. The cv type of plunge joint tends not to become noisy when worn but I have experienced several instances where they have been responsible for strange wobbles or low speed vibration. Wear in the joint is difficult to prove.

It is best to thoroughly check every other possible cause and if all else has been eliminated the suspected drive shaft should be removed and checked on the bench.
I find clamping the inner joint in a vice and working the drive shaft by hand so the plunge joint has moved through the full travel at various angles, with patience a worn joint will feel to to snag or have a "lump" in the travel.

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Car is making a terrible grinding noise when turning

If front wheel drive your constant velocity joints need replacing. Normally referred to as CV Joints. They take the power from the gearbox and put that turning motion to the wheels, but the wheels have to be able to turn so there is a coupling with two shafts and 4 sets of bearings covered in a rubber boot. The boot splits, salt dirt and water gets in and then guess what happens :-)

Jan 25, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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Click and knocks when turing

constant velocity joints on front axles are worn out. hope this helps.

Nov 08, 2010 | 1994 Toyota Tercel

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My 2003 chevy malibu makes a clicking noise when i turn right or left. What could that be?

A clicking noise heard especially while making a turn is most likely a CV (constant Velocity) drive axle(s) that is worn out, and if the CV boots are torn and dirt has been getting into the drive axle CV joint, then replace the CV drive axle assembly and do not have the drive axle re-built or re-booted, especially when you can purchase a complete new CV axle assembly for under $60.00 and here is a link to check one out.


Jul 19, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet Malibu

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Where is the cv joint

Hello harborviewdo. My name is Roger and i will answer your question. Your vehicle has two drive axle half shafts. One on each side of the transmission. The out board side of each shaft is called the outer cv joint. Generally when they are bad you will find the outer boot is torn and has thrown the grease out. Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the answer you received. This way I know it was helpful. Thank you for using Fix Ya. Roger

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Clunking noise at full lock right

drive shaft constant velocity joint ,check rubber boot if ok then leave well alone because it will run for another 10,000 miles at least

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Torn cv boot, outer boot, drivers side, replace boot or whole half axle? Is it possible to just replace boot?

there or after market replacement boots that are split the length of the axie you cut off the old boot replace with new with out removing axle

Feb 22, 2010 | 1992 GMC Jimmy

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Need rubber boots on front axle

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 4.0L or 4.7L same part.

Constant Velocity (CV) joint boot kit front axle shaft left or right outer part # 686115 this is a NAPA part #.

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Mercury Sable makes noise when turning left and backing in? It sounds like a grinding noise.

Sounds like a CV (Constant Velocity) joint. I can't completely solve this for you, but you can re-post with the CV problem. The sound - grinding and or popping - should be coming from only one side of the car - but it could be the inner or outer CV joint on that side. Check the rubber boots around the joints - they are located on each end of the drive shaft on the transaxle. If you have a torn boot, that will probably indicate which joint is bad.

Jul 07, 2009 | 2002 Mercury Sable

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