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Re: '87.5 CGT CV joints

you BETTER rebuild them yourself or your technician, that is the only way to
be sure that you are getting a good CV joint..........
-----Original Message-----
From: Fluhr <ejfluhr@austin.ibm.com>
To: BRNTVILET@aol.com <BRNTVILET@aol.com>; quattro@coimbra.ans.net
Date: Monday, March 16, 1998 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: '87.5 CGT CV joints

>>I noticed a clicking coming from the front of my '87.5 Gt Coupe when I
>>Fearing the worst, I examined the cv joints and found a wonderful gash in
>>driver's side outside boot.
>>My mechanic looks at it and tell me to replace A.S.A.P.!  That not only is
>>outer one shot, but the inner cv is going too.  He tells me that it would
>>easier and cheaper to get an entirely new driveshaft.  I figure it is
going to
>>save a lot of time too.
>>So my question is:
>>I can get a remanufactured driveshaft for only $80 plus $45 core charge at
>>Auto Zone.  It also comes with a lifetime warranty.  Is this going to be a
>>quality product?  Or should I go somewhere else?  I have looked around and
>>CANNOT beat this price.
>The two outer CV joints were shot on the '87.5 CGT that my brother
>purchased in December of '96.  He could not find replacement joints,
>because apparently his joint was a special version for the 2.3L Coupe.
>He eventually had Fred's Axlenet rebuild both of HIS axles, since they
>did not have any in stock.  AFAIK, the "rebuild" involved machining the
>CV joint for larger balls, then installing the larger balls along with
>the requisite cage.
>One year later, one of the "rebuilt" outer joints is again dying.  Since
>Fred's Axlenet warranties the axles, he can get them replaced for free,
>but it still means a lot of extra work and the car is down for a week.  :(
>So, my take is to be aware of the risks when going with a rebuilt axle.
>Make sure the axles are warrantied, and consider whether or not you will
>get charged for the labor if they need to be replaced again.  If, in
>general, you hear good stories about rebuilt axles, then the savings is
>worth the risk.
>'85 Coupe GT
>Eric J. Fluhr                                Email:  ejfluhr@austin.ibm.com
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