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CV boot position = need help


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#1 Airetime

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:15 PM

My son just bought an older (1987) Subaru 4wd wagon GL and I checked the boots on the CV and they are in good shape but wondered about the position that they are supposed to be in. The clamp on the boot secures it to the shaft but I noticed that when it was picked up that the boot was closer to the engine than it is now. In other words the boot looks like it slid out towards the outside about 2 inches on the shaft. Is this important? Where should the boot be positioned? I don't want him driving it unless it is on right. Would appreciate any help..

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:23 PM

If the wide part of the boot stays on the axle ends it should be ok. You might see if the clamp can be tightened, but some take a special tool. They are replacible tho, you can get them from most parts stores.

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:27 PM

So as long as the boot is clamped onto the housing and protects the joint it should be ok? The position that the boot is actually clamped onto is not something that I should be concerned with?

Thanks so much for the quick reply, Great Board you have here.

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:30 PM

If the large end of the boot comes off you will loose the grease thats in it, and also get dirt inside. This will eventually destroy the CV joint. Its harder for stuff to get in and out from the small end of the boot. But water can get in, so you can either try and tighten it or replace it.
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#5 Airetime

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Posted 20 May 2004 - 12:47 PM

Thanks much! I really appreciate it.




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