Direction of CV ball cage?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Jul 30 17:29:31 EDT 2003

> From: Steve Scalmanini <sscalmanini at>
> Does anyone know if it makes any difference which way the
> Cv ball cage goes into the joint?  One side of the cage
> has a chamfered edge, which suggests that there is a proper
> way, but I couldn't find anything in Bentley about it.
It's been many years since I assembled a couple of 5K outer joints and don't
at this point remember about a chamfered edge on the cages.  But as I
remember they would only go together the correct way and not end up being
locked up.  The earlier Bentleys were more descriptive in this respect.
Try assembling one dry both ways.  See if there is a difference in the
joint's deflection angle.

> I vaaaaagely recall from the '70s that my VW van manual
> said which way it went, but that's been gone for years.
> TIA,
> Steve
> Starting to reassemble one half-shaft
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