[V8] Removal of front outer CV joints to replace boots.

Korn, Bob Bob.Korn at Fike.com
Fri Oct 15 09:42:56 EDT 2004

There should be a good write up of this in the archives, I cant find mine.
You use the bolt to remove the CV joint.  Long pry bar to pop off the lower
ball joint.  Get a new bolt for this.  Don't have to remove sway bar.
Overall a pretty easy job, good time to disassemble joint, clean and relube.

90 V8Q 145K Pearl--One new outer CV boot

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From: v8-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v8-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of
Gunter Lorberg
Sent: Thursday, October 14, 2004 11:39 PM
To: v8 at audifans.com
Subject: [V8] Removal of front outer CV joints to replace boots.

I need to replace both front outer CV boots.  I've done this on many VWs, no
problem.  I will have no problem getting the halfshafts out but I'm a little
unclear on how the CV joints are mounted on the end of the shaft and how I'm
supposed to remove them.  With the VWs, I have either had to remove a C-clip
or just gently tap off the CV joint to overcome the resistance of the
retaining clips.  
The boot kits came from an Audi dealer.  Is there something special about
the long bolts that came in the kits with the 17mm hex socket?  I've read
elsewhere in the archives something about using these bolts to force the CV
joints off the shaft but I'm not sure about this.  I am assuming that, in
the end when reassembling, I will be re-using the same 24mm bolts that are
presently keeping it all together.  The kits also include new retaining
clips just like on many VWs.
I know this topic has come up before but I still remain unclear on this one
aspect of the job and ALLDATA DIY just doesn't make things any clearer.
The car is a 1990 with an automatic.
Any quick tips would be greatly appreciated before I tackle this messy job.

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