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Old 22 Sep 2012, 04:10 pm
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Default Replacing CV boots

Do I need any special tooling for this job? I just want to replace the boot with a kit. Also, any special tooling for the lower ball joint? Thanks.
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Old 22 Sep 2012, 04:31 pm
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Do I need any special tooling for this job? I just want to replace the boot with a kit. Also, any special tooling for the lower ball joint? Thanks.
the clamps were the hardest part last time i did it. i've only done this to a honda.
i remember being instructed to make sure i used ALL the grease in the squeeze tube.
also, i don't remember the honda axles having as many pieces as the axles in this video.

i recommend making sure you have a surplus of brake cleaner


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Old 22 Sep 2012, 04:42 pm
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also make sure you use a real boot. not one of the stupid kits with these:




-if i had to do this again...... after buying the boot, the grease, the brake cleaner, and considering the time/mess/cleanup involved, i'd rather spend the $50 for the new axle. you aren't saving very much
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Old 24 Sep 2012, 02:08 pm
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Thanks a lot. I might just go the new axle route.
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Old 18 Oct 2013, 02:45 pm
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Question Re: Replacing CV boots

Greeting all.
I am a newbie at this but need some help. My '08 PT has been diagnosed with a bad boot. In another forum someone said it is easier to replace the axle for $50.
Can anyone give me some help on this. I am pretty adept with tools. I worked in tech & construction fields but have never undertaken anything this big on a car before. I have the Chilton Manual for the "08 but didn't see anything about the boot or replacing the axle. Thanks in advance for the help.
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Old 18 Oct 2013, 03:04 pm
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it isn't bad changing an axle on this car.

remove the axle cotter key, tin cap, spring washer, axle nut(1-1/4"), and the thick washer, loosen the lugs (with the car on the ground, prevents the wheel from spinning)
then jack the car up and remove the wheel
remove the two strut-to-knuckle bolts
turn the steering wheel all the way to the opposite side of the car
push the wheel side of the axle out of the hub(tight fit, but willl come out towards rear)
put a tub under the trans to catch anything that leaks in the next step
stick a flathead between the axle and trans and give it a firm push.


then you can pull the old axle out, jam in the new one. make sure it seats all the way(you'll know, it'll feel clipped in). pour any fluid that leaks into the tub back into the trans, check the fluid level, and pat yourself on the back.

this takes me 10-15 minutes. if you jack the car up high enough to one side, you won't even have any fluid leak out. just have at it man, it isn't bad. i posted the video above. watch it and you'll likely agree on the whole axle route. those half-n-half boots are junk. welcome to this forum (:

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Old 18 Oct 2013, 03:17 pm
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when you put it back you are supposed to torque the axle nut to 180 ft. lbs, but i just crank it like a gorilla. my wrench doesn't go that high.
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