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Old 02-08-2010, 05:33 PM
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Well, I got tires put on today and of course the tire store mechanics said I need a new CV boot on the front left. I have my shop manual and I'm going to have my father help me (has done one before but on older trucks). What challenges will come up in replacing this boot? I took the mechanics word that there was a tear. It's snowing like mad now, so I won't be out there looking anytime soon today or tomorrow. Just wondering if this is too much for myself and my father. Any places to fine OE boots online? Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:58 PM
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For the aggravation, I'd replace the whole axle.
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That hard to do? I do not have the money for a new axle. lol
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Well, it's less irritation. If your current boot is badly torn and has slung out most of the grease and let in dirt, you're better off replacing it.
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No, I guess it is not badly torn. I just checked it out earlier. There's a very small tear in it and grease is not flung about...yet.
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I shouldn't say none, but a very small amount on boot itself.
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If the grease looks clean you should be ok with a boot replacement.
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I sure hope so!
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I have found several cv half shaft assemblies. One is from Chrysler $284 and one by Cardone for $56. Link for cardone half shaft assembly. http://cardone.com/English/club/memb...ARTNUM=663316#

Not sure which to go with? I'm guessing OEM is best.
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For boots and axles I'd go with OEM. At least in GM's case. I've seen aftermarket parts that were absolute junk.
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