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C V Axle Rebuild?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by old grouch, May 12, 2022.

  1. May 12, 2022 at 6:44 AM
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    I have my original OEM axles with 200,xxx miles and split boots. Currently running NAPA Gold. Can I actually "rebuild" my Oem axles as opposed to just re-booting. Seems like a lot of miles to just re-boot. Or are they good for 400,00 miles? Does anyone know what exactly is replaced during a rebuild of a C V axle? Part numbers? Any videos or links?
     
  2. May 12, 2022 at 8:14 AM
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    As long as your OEM cv axles didn't go long without boots while driving, you'll be fine to reboot them.

    Toyota still sells kits with grease and boots to bring your OEM cv axles back to life.

    Worth investing.
     
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  3. May 12, 2022 at 9:53 AM
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    What @Kwikvette said.

    Here are the steps to do the reboot, should you decide that it's worth it. Personally, I think it's worth it to at least attempt a reboot in most cases. As you do, you can clean/inspect the various joints/bearings and have a good idea about the condition of the CV.

    How-to: Rebooting a Tacoma CV Axle - includes links to the parts and tools you'll need, as well as step-by-step with photos of the process.

    Here's the reboot kit, one kit per CV: reboot kit

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  4. May 12, 2022 at 10:02 AM
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    Apologies to OP if this is slightly off topic.

    @turbodb I rebooted my CVs two years ago / 8k miles ago using your guide and it was quite helpful. However my right CV axle has recently flung some grease around, and it doesn't look like the outer boot has been cracked. I don't do any serious off-roading but do take my truck through the hills and gullies on my property. Is this typical? Is it possible for an uncracked boot to fling some grease if the axle is at full droop? Not sure if I should try putting a new clamp on the outer boot or switching out for new CVs.
     
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    It's definitely possible for some grease to squeeze out of the boot (either boot) if the clamps aren't totally tight. Usually it's the end of the boot on the narrow part of the axle that can squirt some grease - is that what you're seeing?

    My recommendation would be to clean everything up for inspection - just to be sure you don't have a torn boot, and then tighten up the clamps as much as you possibly can. You really want to see no air gap between the squished metal ear when the clamp is fully tightened.
     
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    I cleaned up everything so that I could keep an eye on it.. It makes sense that it would be the smaller side of the boots that would leak. I'll retighten the clamps and keep an eye on things. Thanks again for all of the useful info on your website.
     
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    I had my OEM axles rebooted with OEM ones when I did my 4x4 conversion. I installed them and had the same thing happen only on the driver side. Bunch of grease all over the place. Retighten them and it was good to go
     
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    No problem.
    Thanks guys. I have read through Dan's "how to". Great job. I will most likely re-boot the OEM axles. What I want to know is can I do a rebuild while I am in there? Are parts available? It just seems to me that putting them back on w/212,000 miles w/o a rebuild is kind of iffy?
     
  9. May 12, 2022 at 6:50 PM
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    OP,
    I rebooted the CVs on my '97 Taco 4 years back. 1 CV was fine with just a reboot. But the other needed a new "tulip" CV bearing assembly which was available from Toyota. But it was prohibitively expensive at near the price of a new Toyota CV axle. So I picked up a rebuilt CV from Toyota for $115 and just rebooted the worn one for an emergency spare. McGeorge's had the CV rebuild kits for $35 IIRC. Carrier & Front Axles for 1997 Toyota Tacoma | Toyota Parts (mcgeorgetoyota.com) Shop price and maybe you can save a few bucks. HTH
     
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    212K is not all that much for OEM CVs that are in good shape; I wouldn't hesitate at all to run CVs for much longer than that. Mine have 220K, and have each been rebooted once.

    I've never really looked into the availability of parts; I'd likely just purchase remanned CVs if I were to get rid of mine. Or more likely, I'd get CVs from a junkyard, from a lower mileage truck and simply reboot them.

    I don't think Toyota sells remanned CVs anymore (but I wish they did). CVJ axles does though. Still, not cheap, esp if you want to keep yours as a trail spare, rather than returning it for a (large) core charge. Toyota Trucks - CVJ Axles (cvjreman.com)
     
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    The only axles I see in that link are, a non-ADD (manual hub) axle for $115, and a ADD axle for $384.

    The manual hub axle does appear to be a reman, given the – 84 at the end of the part number.

    Not sure which kind of axle @old grouch needs - could be either with a 95 Tacoma.
     
  13. May 14, 2022 at 5:13 AM
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    • SKU:43430-04010-84
    • Positions:Left, Right
    • Other Names:Remanufactured Cv Axle
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      Tacoma. Without auto disc-diff. 4 wheel drive, without auto disconnect.
    "Remanufactured Cv Axle" is stated in the description on the $115 CV. Some Taco owners reported that the reman CVs they received from McGeorge Toyota were in "new" condition. The remanufactured CV I received was in very close to "like new" condition with no bearing play at all. In retrospect, I should have simply ordered a set of 2 for the win.
     
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  14. May 14, 2022 at 5:31 AM
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    Unfortunately I need the ADD one, so only new available. I will reboot the ones I have & keep one of the NAPA ones for a spare. Thanks for the info.
     
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    OP,
    The only reason I could not simply reboot both my old CVs was that water got past the boot and pitted the tulip bearing on one CV. Even after 22 years of hard off roading, the OEM boots were still serviceable with no holes. But water had simply gotten past the clamps on 1 CV. I routinely run thru deep mud/high water here in MS. Your CVs will probably be fine with just a reboot. If not, Zippsub9 does occasionally have ADD CVs for sale/exchange: For Sale: 4x4 Manual Hubs, Spindles, Knuckles and CVs | Tacoma W. Good luck sir!
     

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