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Re: 87 4000Q CV Joint Boots
>I planning on changing the front CV joint boots on my 87 4000Q this weekend.
>I'm doing both inner and outer on both sides. Any suggestions, pointers or
>from anyone whose done this yet?
Oh boy, this was a fun job on my 5000. I made so many mistakes, I guess it was
just my day to be stupid. Seriously though, its not a hard job and I could do
it much more quickly the next time.
The stupid things I did (that you won't have to worry about) :-)
1. Had a hard time getting the outer joint off. When the circlip stays spread
by itself, you are making progress. You really have to whack it pretty hard.
2. Had a hard time re-assembling the joints. Tip the inner assembly for each
ball, then make it flush before proceeding with inserting the next ball
bearing. Actually, the pictures show it this way, but I was just being stupid!
3. I actually whacked the end of the joint to get it back on the axle and ended
up "mushrooming" the threaded part. Fortunately, I found a machine shop to fix
my goof for $35. The ground it down and re-threaded it.
Well there is a little more but this is all the public humiliation I can stand
Actually, I finally got it back together and everythings works fine. Learning
can be hard sometimes if there is no one to show you the way.
PS - I had good luck using brake cleaner for cleaning the joints. The
Meistersatz boot kit was real nice - it comes with a new axle nut.