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Gear oil dripping from inner CV boot

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jeg0005, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Jun 18, 2019 at 10:47 AM
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    Here’s a question related to the topic: how long can one safely go with a torn boot before doing too much damage to the CV joint? I went probably 3 months with a torn boot but did no off-roading or water crossings. I’m planning on rebooting it instead of sending it back to CVJ for a core charge refund.
     
  2. Jun 18, 2019 at 11:32 AM
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    Generally, torn boot = rebuild.

    Road grime can get in there and bugger things up too. IMO you're living on borrowed time by not at least rebuilding it.

    What a lot of people do is buy new CVs and reboot/rebuild the old ones and keep them as trail spares.
     
  3. Jun 18, 2019 at 11:38 AM
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    For sure. I’ve already replaced it with a new axle from CVJ. the old OEM one is in my garage waiting to be rebooted. Just wasn’t sure if it was worth it to reboot it if too much road grime may have damaged to cv internally.
     
  4. Jun 18, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    I usually just blast it with a ton of brake cleaner before slapping a new boot onto it and packing with grease. I haven't had any issues.
     
  5. Jun 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM
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    If you intend to just use it as a trail spare, it should be more than good enough. As @ThunderOne said, just clean it as best you can and slather a ton grease in there and re-boot it.

    If you snapped a CV on the trail, even if the spare is worn out, it's still better than a snapped one, lol... It should get you home, or at the bare minimum closer to home, lol
     
  6. Jun 18, 2019 at 12:24 PM
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    Thanks. My plan is to reboot it for when my other CV boot rips so I can just swap it and repeat the process. I don’t wheel hard enough so I doubt I’ll break a CV shaft but you never know...
     
  7. Jun 18, 2019 at 12:34 PM
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    Yeah, that's what they all say, lol...
     
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  8. Jun 18, 2019 at 1:50 PM
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  9. Jun 26, 2019 at 12:38 PM
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    So I cleaned it up and saw this, is the boot supposed to be this far up?

    Underside:
    9D3A1864-54A2-48CC-96B5-CA759F1D3B3E.jpg

    From front:
    A31DE5BB-8CBA-46F2-A5A3-C8F6E761F8B2.jpg
     

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