CV Joints?

DAK dak at
Sat Apr 26 02:19:47 EDT 2003

I've done the outer joint and it can be a pain. I have always lubed the
balls as I put them in (Mr. Moly). I get two opposite balls in, put the
inner part, cage and 2 balls in place in the outer part. Rotate the
inner and cage (with balls as a pivot). realize that the cage will
rotate about half what the inner part rotates when the balls are in
place. If you try to keep the cage with the inner part, it won't work. I
tend to put one ball in at a time until the rest are in. I think order
doesn't matter.
 From my experience with the VW/Audi CVs, wear only makes them looser. A
new joint will be able to through the full range of motion. It may seem
stiff, but it will go. A worn joint will slip around a lot easier. I
have a worn VW inner that I keep around to play with and it is quite
sloppy (even dry).
Good luck. Like they Mike said, take a break if you need to. This car
stuff can be frustrating, but taking your time is your best bet.


Derek Pulvino wrote:
> 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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