CV boot fix on 5kcstq

P.Dooley pdooley at
Sun Jul 17 10:55:59 EDT 2005

The tool you need is probably a triple-square or twelve point tool.  
Available at most decent auto part stores or tons of places online.
Probably 100's of pages of info about this subject in the list archives, I
would check there.
The wisdom with using this tool is make sure the bolt head holes are
spotless clean and don't angle the tool when applying torque.  I use a brass
hammer to tap the tool in completely if it doesn't feel fully seated.  The
bolt heads can strip pretty easy otherwise. 
The archives has much info regarding CV axles- buying new, rebuilt, piece by
piece, etc..  Read up and see what works for you.  
Personally, I have never purchased a new CV joint or axle in my 20 years of
Audi/VW ownership, the junkyards in FL are stocked full of good factory
Good luck with your project.

-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at [mailto:quattro-bounces at] On
Behalf Of barry
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 11:14 PM
To: quattro at
Subject: CV boot fix on 5kcstq

Hello Audinauts-
My starboard front axle shaft outer CV boot has gone tango-uniform.  I'm 
not getting any driveability weirdness yet, but I know that's gonna 
happen soon enough if I don't take care of it.

So is it an easier job to replace the half-shaft than the boot alone?  
The boot I got from Checker isn't the "split" kind so it looks like you 
have to take a lot of stuff apart to get it on there.

I got a complete passenger side axle then, thinking that would be the 
easier way out.  Now that I have some of the gunk cleaned off the 
tranny, I see the manufacturer has seen fit to bestow upon us shade-tree 
mechanic types yet another wonderful kind of fastener for which it will 
be our privilege to purchase a whole new complement of tools.  I know, I 
know, they weren't thinking about us when they designed the damn thing.

So which is easier to replace, just the boot or go for the whole shaft?  
If the axle replacement's the way to go, where can I get some of these 
fancy-shmancy wrenches to take the thing off?

Thanks, you guys are aces!

PS  The Bentley says to use "locking compound D6" on the outer thread 
end.  What does that translate to in terms of the stuff I can get at my 
FLAPS?  Can I use the blue medium strength stuff or high strength red 
stuff or do I need something else entirely?

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