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ITS THE "UNKNOWING" A.V.E AGAIN. I WAS PULLED OVER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AGAIN MESSING WITH THESE DAMN 6 1/2 in SPEAKERS THAT KEEP GROUNDING OUT IN MY DOORS FOR SOME DAMN REASON OR ANOTHER. ANYWAY, I WAS PULLING BACK ONTO THE ROAD WHEN I HEARD THIS UNGODLY SOUND AND ALMOST SH** MYSELF BECAUSE I THOUGHT THAT I HAD LITERALY DESTROYED THE INSIDE OF MY RIM. I GOT HOME ABOUT 10 MINUTES LATER POPPED THE HOOD AND NOTICED THAT MY INNER AXLE BOOT WAS LOOKING GREASE ONTO THE INSIDE OF MY RIM. I WAS WONDERING IF I SHOULD JUST REPLACE THE BOOT OR THE WHOLE AXLE. I VE BEEN GETTING EVEN RESPONSES ON BOTH SIDES SO IM NOT SURE WHICE WAY TO GO. ALSO SOME ADVICE ON THOSE DAMN SPEAKERS WOULD HELP TOO. IVE INSULATED THE WHOLE DAMN RING FROM WERE THEY COULD POSSIBLY BE TOUCHING BUT THEY RE STILL GROUNDING OUT. SO THERE JUST BARELY IN THE WHOLE WHICH MEANS THEY SOUND LIKE SHIT AND FALL OUT FROM TIME TO TIME . UM.........HELP?
 

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TURN OFF THE CAPS!!!

If you know that the boot ripped within the last week or so you can just change it. If you are not sure when it ripped, change the whole axle, especially if it is making noises when you turn.
 
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It's better off to just replace the entire axle. Chances are that a good deal of grease and grime seaped into your axles. Remanufactured axles will cost you a little over $100, plus these assemblies are balanced.
 

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well, ricebox. it just happened tuesday. i havent been doing too much driving since ive been off for the past few days. will it still be safe to just replace the boots.
 

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You should only replace boot when you inspect the boot and its cracked without making noise... than packing it with grease again so you keep it from missing some that could have got out when the boot failed... Now thats it clicking... you must change them cuz it will fail one day or an other.... And you dont want to get stuck on the road cuz the axle wont be turning the wheel... happened to me... and when it doenst role... its a towing to get it fix or a ride in bicycle to get the axle.... heheh...

Hope it help you... But still you can ride on the cliquing noise for a while but make sure you dont pull too hard when cornering... cuz damage will mostly occur there...
 

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If you are going to replace just the boot you are going to have to remove the axle, degrease, and regrease the joint. It is easier to just replace the whole axle but if you are on a tight budget and have some spare time, you can just buy the boot. If it clicks then you MUST buy a new axle.
 

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the only sound that i heard was my exhaust and cat draging the pavement as i got back on to the road. i do hear sort of a thunk when i cut my wheel really hard though. what are your thoughts>
 

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Play it safe and get a new axle...i've had 4 cv boots rip on my car in the four years i've owned it...did the 90 b12's or the b12's in general have a problem with the cv boots, joints etc?
 

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That thunk you hear is possibly the ball joint on that side where you hear it or an inner tie-rod.
 

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I think the B12's do like to eat their CVs. Probably bad suspension geometry design in the front.
 

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I've had some problems recently with customer's axle boots only lasting a year or so. It always boils down to the same thing: using those cheap [like $11] aftermarket auto store boots. Never again. If you buy a quality Nissan boot, your work won't have to be redone again next year. Just my .02.:rolleyes:
 
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Hmmm, if OEM is so great, why would we need to replace them at all? :)

I've had great experience with aftermarket boots - both Neapco and the 'Napa' branded ones. In the beginning I used OEM boots, but they never lasted very long. The aftermarket ones have done better for me.

Labor wise, it is easier to replace a whole halfshaft. The only problem I have with doing that is you don't know the quality of the rebuild. Did you do a good job? Did they regrind the joint and cut through the hardening?

At least when I disassemble a joint, I get to inspect all the ball and surfaces and then determine what path to take. From a cost perspective, it isn't worth it (a new OEM outer joint is ~$100 vs a rebuilt shaft ~$59) but the ease of mind is priceless.


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I've had some problems recently with customer's axle boots only lasting a year or so. It always boils down to the same thing: using those cheap [like $11] aftermarket auto store boots. Never again. If you buy a quality Nissan boot, your work won't have to be redone again next year. Just my .02.:rolleyes:
 
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