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Any opinions? I've got the unmistakable "clicking" sound from my passenger side drive axle. I've changed entire drive axles before on other cars, but I've never repaired a CV joint using one of those kits. Has anyone here ever used these CV joint kits? And also, will I have to remove the entire drive axle anyway?
 

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I've done it both ways; I doubt that I will ever do the boots again. I'd say, replace shaft with quality rebuilt (new if you are well off).

Clicking may be a sign that you waited too long, boot and new grease may not suffice.

The time I did the boots I pulled the shafts and worked on a vice. I can't imagine pulling the joints apart, cleaning, reinstalling boot, inserting grease, then putting joint back together (not to mention getting bands on) while the shaft is still in the car -- I think you'll need to remove the shaft.

My experience with this repair is limited to my car, other models may be different.
 

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Thanks Raul,
If I'm going to have to take the entire drive axle out for the boot repair kit, then I may as well replace it with a remanufactured axle. I guess I was just trying to be cheap and lazy.
Well, I'm getting ready to install some coilovers and struts on the car, so I guess I'll just do the axles at the same time and make a whole day of it!:(
 

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Auto Zone has remanufactured shafts for $60 each. If they haven't been done in a few years, I'd just replace them both. You're right, replacing them outright is the best route.
 

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$60...:eek: ...I'd better stock pile a few of them at that price! I'm going home and calling Autozone today!
 

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I Work in a Auto Supply store, its usually just as expensive to buy a NEW cv joint as it is to buy a REMAN axle.

replace it all and save yourself a headache.
 

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$60...:eek: ...I'd better stock pile a few of them at that price! I'm going home and calling Autozone today!
That's with a core though. They're limited lifetime as well.
 

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Replacing the boot cost $16 from NAPA, but I caught it right away. The job (disassembling the joint) was very easy, but you must perfectly clean the joint.
 

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toolapcfan said:
Auto Zone has remanufactured shafts for $60 each. If they haven't been done in a few years, I'd just replace them both. You're right, replacing them outright is the best route.
Just my luck, AutoZone here in GA wants $80 each for them. Guess I'll only be getting two!
 

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My outer CV boot is torn on the driverside axle and was wondering how can i take them apart. What can i do, i really dont want to buy a new or reman axle as it is still good. I have a 96 sentra 1.6L.
 
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