[Vwdiesel] odd CV failure
sshourds at flash.net
Sat Feb 12 10:40:42 EST 2005
Last night, I got to go to the rescue of a friend (the guy that towed
the Caddy across the South). He was supposed to drop by my house, but
called me minutes later to say that his A2 NA Jetta wasn't moving.
He'd just replaced the driver's side half axle a week ago and so my
immediate thought was that he'd gotten a bad joint. I loaded up my
tools and drove to Ft. Worth where he was out in the parking lot of his
office. He thought the driver's side was OK, so I grabbed the passenger
side axle, and there was no physical connection between the axle and the
wheel. The outer joint was completely broken. The really weird part
was that the boot was completely intact. It was old so the axle had
been on there quite some time. While I did find that my outer joint was
cracked just recently, at least the boot had split in a couple of places
and there was a reasonable chain of events involving a terrible rebuilt
joint and a bit of water introduction. My friend claimed to have just
heard the joint making noise that morning and total failure that night.
(He can be a little oblivious.). I picked up a new half axle, we got it
installed, and as far as I know, he made it back home, but I just
thought I'd share that odd failure. Or at least odd to me.
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