How to Replace a CV Boot

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a CV Boot . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Floor Jack
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Mallet Hammer
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Flat Head Screwdriver
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • CV Boot
  • CV Joint Grease

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $24.27 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $210.46 parts and labor

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  • Park the car on a flat surface and set on the parking brake.
  • Take a floor jack and raise the front of the vehicle. Don’t forget to chock the rear wheels.
  • Floor jack is not enough to work under the vehicle, so use jack stands to support the vehicle.
  • Take the front wheels away from the vehicle by unbolting the lug nuts.
  • After removing the wheels, examine the CV boot for any signs of damage.
  • It is a good idea to mark the axle position over the assembly as this will help you while reassembling the components.
  • Take the CV joint assembly out.
  • You need to use a bench vise to detach the CV joint from the shaft. Also take the CV boot clamps away.
  • Detach the CV boot from the outer CV joint.
  • Now disconnect the CV joint from the axle shaft. You may have to tap the CV joint with rubber mallet to take it out.
  • Take the old CV boot out of the axle shaft.
  • Wipe any sort of dust, dirt or grease from the CV axle shaft. Don’t forget to wipe the sealing surface on the CV joint.
  • Fill grease in the CV joint and glide it back into the shaft.
  • Take a new CV boot and glide it on to the shaft. Before securing it with inner clamp, you need to have a new retaining clip.
  • Now glide the CV joint on the axle shaft completely.
  • Apply grease on the CV boot and insert it into the CV joint housing. Using new clamps fasten the CV boot in the housing.
  • Now reattach the CV joint and axle back to the vehicle.
  • Fix the wheels back to the hub assembly and secure them with lug nuts.
  • Take the jack stands and floor jack away and take a vehicle on a small drive to examine that the new CV boot is properly installed.

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