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Re: RF CV Boot job questions (5ktq)

Hi Mike, I just (1 month ago) replaced the entire half-shafts and also
did the outer CVJs (cleaned and repacked) only about 2 years ago
following a split so I have experience going both ways.

>1. Must the entire axle be removed or is it possible to "weasle off" the outer
>joint with the inner joint attached to the trans? (Seems to me I read a post
>to that effect.) I have circlip pliers, how bad is it to get the joint off the

You _can_ get the outer CVJs off but it is a bugger.  The inner circlip
is all greassy and quite strong so holding it apart while jockeying
the half-shaft while trying to get the CVJ off (I used a big f#@*ing
hammer and had a friend helping) while lying on your back.  

My recommendation - take the whole shaft off and and work leisurely at a bench.

>2. If the inner joint does need to be removed, what is the size of the tool I
>need? 12mm "triple square? Where best to obtain said socket?

I believe it is a 10mm but can't swear to it.  I bought them at a local
foreign car parts place on a "card".  Had 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 12mm for
$20.  The manufacturer was CalVan Tools.

>3. Besides the "boot kit" what all other parts do I need to order? Axle nut?
>(Does anyone besides Phil really replace these every time???) Inner CV Flange
>seal? What else?

If you take off the whole half-shaft the I would recommend replacing
the gasket/seal.  When you write flange, I read the metal flange that
the inner CVJ bolts to.  This you need not replace.  The "boot kit"
should have a new axle nut but the gasket/seal is separate.

>4. I have read several posts which state that end cutters will work to both
>crimp the clamps and cut the excess...I assume this is so?

I did not use end cutters to crimp the clamp back on.  I was afraid
of cutting it.  I used ceramic tile nippers which look just like end
cutters but are nowhere near as sharp.  At least mine wre pretty dull
perhaps from tile work but you get the meaning.

>5. The boot split now several hundred miles back with many mountain road
>miles. The joint is not making any noises (yet) so I assume cleaning, packing,
>and boot will suffice? Should I consider a "rebuilt axle" instead or is that

When I cleaned and repacked my CVJs two years ago they were squeeling
like a banshee(sp?).  Happened in the winter time.  Salt, gravel, rolled-up
windows.  I cleaned 'em really well and the held up for 2 years before
they started clicking on full-lock turns.  That is why I recently replaced
the entire shafts complete with new inner and outer CVJs.

>Any other BTDT advice y'all can send would be greatly appreceated. TIA

The right front being the turbo side?  You do not need to mess with
the exhaust to get the half-shaft out despite what Bentley says.  Just
angle it up along the diff and you will have enough clearance.  Also,
be careful not to get grit in the inner CVJ.  Cover it with plastic
or something.


Mark Pollan, '86 5KCSTQ 264K Miles