advice in breaking apart the front outer CV joint

Nick Lawrence nick at
Mon Sep 10 09:50:47 EDT 2007

I have on occasion removed the difficult circlip. First make sure it is free 
to move as Bernie suggested. I used a small chisel to cut off one tang of 
the clip, then turn the clip with the remaining tang to expose more of that 
end. Pry the loose end away so it can be grasped with pliers, I used 
diagonal cutters.Pull and bend what is sticking out, rotate the clip again, 
repeat 'till it is out.
It will require a replacement clip.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <alancordeiro at>
To: <200q20v at>
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2007 4:53 PM
Subject: advice in breaking apart the front outer CV joint

>I have spent close to an hour and a half trying to break open the front 
>outer CV joint
> so I can replace the rubber boot. Of all the boots, the two front outer 
> seem closest to failure.
> The old I have spread the  circlip as far as it goes, but the joint will 
> not off in spite of reasonably hard
> whacks with both a rubber mallet, even a good old fashioned steel head 
> hammer.
> I tried inserting in the big 16mm bolt, it appeared to press on the 
> outside of the "inner" shaft,
> but tightening it while spreading the circlip, and even with a few 
> friendly whacks will not
> break open the joint.
> Any BTDT? I have two joints off, ready to replace the boots, but ay just 
> call it quits and
> put them both back and get in a used one to practice on while the car runs 
> on old boots.
> While I wait for advice...... doe anyone in the Detroit metro area have a 
> good/bad used front CV shaft
> lying around?
> Alan
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