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Front Driveale, CV boot leaks

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Lawman, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:49 PM
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    Lawman

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    I have a 2001 with leak in he front driveaxle, CV Boots. Does anyone have and good suggestions on fixing this?

    Complete replacement?

    Tear down and rebuild?

    Write a check to get someone else deal with it?

    I am open to ideas and also where to purchase the parts, etc. Im located in Jacksonville, FL if you are local and know a good shop.
     
  2. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    just the rubber boot?
     
  3. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    It will be easiest to replace the whole thing but you can just replace the boots, that requires a lot more work though.
     
  4. Nov 21, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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    Yea its just the rubber boot. I've been looking around and it seem like a bunch of work to break it down and repair, but I have not done it, so im open
     
  5. Nov 21, 2010 at 3:16 PM
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    You need a tool to put on the lock ring. Clean and inspect before regreasing. You should be able to replace the boot without pulling out the shaft from the trans.
    If everything inside looks good, ie, old grease not full of grit, water and other junk, no signs of overheating, cracks, chips, etc. It's worth it to just replace the boot. Just make sure you have quick access to a new shaft if you need it, and some diff lube and a new shaft seal.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2010 at 7:29 AM
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    We used to take our Honda over to the local House of Mufflers and brakes and they would replace the outer boot for $65 +tax it wasn't worth messing with for that!
     
  7. Nov 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    Just replace the whole axle. It is way easier. When I did mine I followed this write-up and it made the process go a lot quicker. click here
     
  8. Nov 22, 2010 at 10:27 AM
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    I just had this happen with mine. I got a set of o'reilly masterpro full axle assemblies; both for around $150 shipped to the door. It took 30 minutes to swap them out. Get a cv boot kit from trdparts4u.com or some place similar and repair the boots while the oem cv's are on the bench; much easier. It is also nice because you have 2 spares now.
     
  9. Nov 22, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    If some grease is just squeezing out the end of the boot. Then just wipe off the excess and don't worry about it. If the boot actually has a tear or hole in it, then you may want to consider replacing them sometime in the near future.
     
  10. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:35 PM
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    What do you think of about this?
    Passenger Side CV
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    Passenger Inner /Upper Boot (even more Grease coming out now)
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    Drivers Side CV
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    Inner /Upper Boot
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  11. Dec 23, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    That doesnt look bad at all. Just a little extra grease that is being pushed out. If you are really anal I guess you could replace the clamps, but that does require a special tool to crimp the new clamps. Other than that just clean off the grease, make sure there are no actual tears and forget about it :)
     
  12. Dec 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM
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    If and when you do ever replace, I suggest this route, too. You can also get some at Autozone. I got mine for $150 each, but they have lifetime warranties and you get $100 back for bringing in your old ones. So in the end, each CV half axle costs a one time fee of $50 to replace, and it doesn't take long. If its your first time tearing it all apart, it'll probably take you a while, and the cone washers may be a pain.
     
  13. Dec 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    If grease can get out, water can get in. Grease is not a sealant. Time for an inspection and new boot, if the axle is still good.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2010 at 12:35 PM
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    I just looked at my truck and its got greese everywhere from the cv, its not torn but the bottom by where the clamp is, is where the greese is coming from. Im all for letting it leak for now but what happens when there is no more greese to leak?
     
  15. Dec 26, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    One of two things: overheat and failure, or wear out and failure. It depends on what contamination is getting in.
     
  16. Dec 26, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    Well I just realized it today and I have been on some hunting trips in some pretty nasty places so im sure there's all sorts of contamination. Im just gonna replace the whole cv axle, Is there any axle that you guys recommend?
     
  17. Dec 26, 2010 at 4:29 PM
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    Phil,Phil,Phil.....:eek::eek::eek:

    What you think is gonna happen when the grease is gone & all thats left for lube is dirt & mud ?? C'mon buddy I know I learnt you better than that :D:D

    Hey Phil get some axles bro'.. they're actually not that expensive I did both sides for less than $200
     
  18. Dec 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM
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    Hahaha I know doug, I wasn't thinking! I'm going to just do it myself. What axle brand do you guys recommend?
     
  19. Dec 26, 2010 at 7:19 PM
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    I'd go OEM if you can afford it but some decent rebuilt ones are ok too

    & you'll save a few $$$
     
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