[Vwdiesel] Re: Oil in CV Boot

Nate Wall natewall1 at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 8 09:12:04 EDT 2004

The seal that failed is the cap seal that fits over
the  inner area in the drive flange (covers the "C"
clip that holds the drive flange in). Most folks are
unaware this seal exists. It is NOT the drive flange
seal. That seal is tapped into the transaxle case and
is visable and can only be replaced if the drive axle
flange is removed. The seal that is leaking in your
case is replaced w/ the drive flange installed.

Yours may just have come loose. Its a press fit
(tapped in w/ a socket and a mallet) and if its not
put in square, it will distort and pop out later.
Remove the drive axle on that side. Clean all the
grease out of the drive axle flange. Take a sharp
screwdriver and drive it straight through the oil cap
seal and pry it out. Tap in a new seal using an
appropriate sized socket, extension and hammer. TAP IT
IN STRAIGHT! (I think this is a VW dealer only item)
Repack the drive flange and inner CV joint. Replace
drive axle. This is not a bad job.

Although the gear oil has high pressure additives, it
will not lube the CV joint properly. Eventually the
joint balls will gall if not taken care of.

--- kevin.jack at primus.ca wrote:
> I would love to tell you that the tranny was full of
> lube, but I guess it 
> was short whatever amount was in the cv boot. Ill
> drain and change the 
> tranny fluid. 
> The reason I worry is that the CV joint is finished.
> I am going to change 
> the seals while Im in there. 
> Im just trying to figure which ones are the right
> ones to change. 
> I just hope putting it all back together with my
> homemade tools goes well :) 
> Thanks for the help. Tonight, Ill get all my
> questions in order. 
> H.Hagar writes: 
> > inner cv boot was full of gear oil   Could this
> lack of oil have caused any damage?  
> > 
> > Kevin  could you explain a bit more ? 
> > 
> > A dry joint would have been worse IMHO.      
> Anyway tell us that your tranney is full
> > of lube. 
> > 
> > How many miles on tranney  ----?       I had one
> here that was full of oil ----I never
> > worried about it -- and it still works ----no
> humming.      Those noises can be PIA stuff. 
> > 
> > In the archives you can find some nifty tools
> (made at home) and how to change seal. 
> > 
> > If it does not drip oil to the outside ----- why
> worry ? .   At least you know that spline is
> > getting lube.And the balls are lubricated. 
> > 
> > question :   Is the plastic or rubber plug in
> place ?  ---mine are all green the way 
> > I remember. (dust cap) 
> > 
> > Hagar.
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