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Driving in 2wd with torn CV boot?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by jspadaro, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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    This hasn't happened to me, I was just curious. If you blow a CV boot, will it hurt anything if you keep driving in 2wd (to get home, to a shop, whatever)?

    Besides grease flying everywhere, of course.
     
  2. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Cover it with a think plastic bag and tape the ends, so you don't get dirt in it. And drive slow, for less a chance for the bag to come off.
     
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    But the worst I could do is ruin that CV axle right?
     
  4. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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    Yes. It's actually easier to replace the whole axle (half shaft) than it is to change a boot.
     
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    Yes, but they cost $500 for the whole axle. If you rip the outer boot and ruin the joint, you are f'ed and have to pay the $500 at the dealer. I haven't heard about any cheaper aftermarket ones yet.
     
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    Makes sense... but it will burn up the CV axle, not the entire front diff or something, right? As in, the damage is still limited to that one CV axle?
     
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    They are $68 bucks from rockauto.com.

    Edit: My bad. I was wrong. ........................They're $56 from rockauto.com...........brand new
     
  8. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:57 AM
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    OK, makes sense. I would tape it anyway if possible, just wanted to know in case this ever happens.

    Thanks guys!
     
  9. Feb 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM
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    $500!?! Is the axle made of Gold or something?

    You can buy them at most auto parts stores for between $50-200

    Like someone said before, it's easier to replace the axle than it is to replace the boot.

    I've driven 10k miles on a torn boot before. All the boot does is hold the grease in there.
     
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    AAWWW bitch. Thats a great deal! I wish I knew about that in September. I would of had a spare.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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    Thats the quote I got from the dealer. Boots are pretty easy to do, just use hose clamps instead of the clamps the boot kit comes with.
     
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    My friends 4-runner does this.:D
     
  14. Feb 24, 2011 at 11:08 AM
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    You know what, I lied about the $500. The $500 was with them replacing the half shaft., it included labor and parts.
     
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    I've had the same problem in my truck because of my lift. I drove it for like 2 months without covering it up and it made a mess, but ran fine. Just replace the whole thing, get it at Kragens for $70 and it comes with a lifetime warranty. So whenever it happens again, just take it there and they'll give you a brand new one!
     
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    Most of the time, the outer CV is the one that fails and with my experience with CV axles, it requires you to dis-assemble the inner joint to be able to remove & reinstall the outer boot & joint.
     
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    :eek:..........LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!

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