CV Joints?

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Fri Apr 25 16:20:40 EDT 2003

Hey all,

I wondering if anybody can help me out with this.  This is a post I recently
put on VW vortex and haven't recieved any responses to.  So sorry about the
lack of Audi content, but maybe we could consider a universal issue?


I just dug into the old "needs lots of love" 16v to change the outer torn
boot. Drove me crazy for about an hour, until I gave up. I've done several
of these in the past w/out issue, but this one's different! It's drivin me
friggin batty!

I got it apart ok, and cleaned about 12 kilos (got to stay metric) of Moly
grease out, but on reassembly it's killing me! I can't get more than two of
the ball bearings in w/out it ceasing. In the past I've just put the things
together, lubed em, and called it good. I've tried reassembly with the
center splined piece oriented both ways, and no difference. Hell, I've even
tried lubing the thing before putting together. Regardless, it's just
locking up.

Although I didn't note any scoring on the interior of the joint, I'm
thinking this thing might be a bit worn, and that's what's causing the
problem. As a point of reference, I tried going through the range of motion
on the inboard (still assembeld) CV and noticed it was kind of notchy.

So what's the c.v (conventional wisdom in this case) of the btdt crowd at
this point. CV's worn is the problem, or to be expected, there just a pia to
work with?

"Enquiring minds want to know. Like me!"

Thanks for any input anyone may have.

Derek P

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