Axle seal? - I repack them
glenahan at vfemail.net
Fri Feb 29 11:52:17 PST 2008
Here's how I see the scoop on CVs.
Most rebuilt axels are crap. Far worse than OEM. Raxles and a
precious few others make high quality parts - new, OEM joints on old
Boot kits OTOH, are about $15 through the mail. If you buy from a
reputable supplier, I never get one wrong. ECS for example, sells a
good one for about $13 I think.
So, i do think rebuilding them is a superior idea, unless you spring
for a raxles rebuilt, or another of equally unusual quality.
Yes, its a PITA. But a 1 hour or less PITA.
On Feb 28, 2008, at 1:07 PM, thejimrose wrote:
> while that is true, i had a different experience. i did all 4
> boots on my
> a4 when i did all 8 front control arms as a 'might as well while it's
> apart'. i WILL NEVER do cv boots again. it's very messy FING PITA
> and while
> you can save a few $ the boot kits are surprisingly expensive [even
> order]. plus i got the wrong ones about 4 times, which added to
> the fiasco.
> if you do the boots, and another reason not to, is that when you
> take the cv
> apart make sure you stamp / mark the faces when it's assembled [i
> know this] because although the parts LOOK symmetrical they fit
> together 1
> way. which took about 2 hours to sort out on one of them. like some
> kind of
> billet rubiks cube.
> on my car the boot kits were about 50 ea. while a remanned axle is
> like 150.
> TOTALLY worth it, imo to plug n play the axle,
>> If you're talking about the grease boot, then no, there is no
>> reason to
>> change the entire axle, the boots are replaceable. Depending on the
>> application, some rebuilds are so cheap that shops will just swap
>> out instead of bothering to change the boot.
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