Re: Camry CV boots

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Old 02 Aug 2003, 09:07 am   #1 (permalink)
Gary Danaher
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Default Re: Camry CV boots

If the boot split yesterday, you still need to pull and clean it. If
it's been split for awhile and it probably has been, you now have sand
and dirt in the joint and likely has taken some years from its life. At
98k, I'd check the prices of both the replacement boot and the rebuilt
half axle. Last time I priced them the boot was nearly as expensive and
then you had a good afternoon on the work bench, taking the thing apart,
cleaning, and reinstalling the boot. I wouldn't use the split type in
any event. I had to replace a cv joint on an old 87 Camry about a year
ago and I found an exchange half axle at O'Reillys for 59 bucks. The
quality might not be up to new standards, but then, how long are you
going to drive the thing? Toyota wanted something like $185 for one
exchange, so it wasn't economic to get Toyota. You can swap out a half
axle in about an hour or less, and not get very dirty.

Paul Tait wrote:

> The boots are split on my Camry with 98k miles. Should I (a) use a 2 piece
> boot? this seems to be the cheapest way. (b) use a 1 piece which requires
> axle to be pulled I think? (c) replace the axles? Also does anyone have any
> links to a site that will explain step by step how to replace a boot?
> Thanks

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