In situ replacement of front outer CV boots

Rick Houck rhouck at
Wed Jan 5 20:41:50 EST 2005

Recently did one of my '97 A6 front outer boots, which should be almost the
same. I had a devil of a time getting the sway bar back into the control arm
hole, and even more trouble installing the inner end of the control arm
after removing it for more clearance. I tried it every way I could think of,
but all were difficult. The strut has to be compressed some to get the inner
end into place. I used another jack, but it was tricky at best. A seemingly
simple job took way more effort than I expected. Not sure how I could have
done it any easier, but removing the sway bar brackets might have helped.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <C1J1Miller at>
To: "Bernie Benz" <b.benz at>; "200q20V mailing list"
<200q20v at>
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2005 11:33 AM
Subject: Re: In situ replacement of front outer CV boots

> Good writeup, Bernie.  Did you consider patching the boot with liquid
electrical tape or similar?
> Most of the time the ball joint boot is destroyed by letting the control
arm spring back up and hit the strut housing, or by not watching where you
are prying.  Careful!  It might also be easy to release the inner control
arm mount to relieve it and allow it to sag; just tighten again once the car
is on it's wheels.
> Chris
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