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Old 06-22-2011, 11:32 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

So Yesterday I jacked up car, took wheels off to do a random check-come to find the inner passenger side axle boot is broken. Grease was over the oil filter and on some of the pulley facings! It doesn't look like it (the actual boot) rubbed against anything to cause it to break, so I'm chalking it up to old age... My question is, do I need to take off axle to replace boot before bearing(s) get bad and what is the worst possible scenario when the boot breaks and all the grease gets 'flung' out? (oh boy).....

And BTW, it musta recently happened, cuz no unusual noise or anything is coming from there....
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I broke an outer boot once doing struts. I took it in to get it replaced and they do have to take off the axel,at least they did for mine. You'll want to get it fixed ASAP or it will basically seize up and you'll have to replace the whole assembly.
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^^^What he said.
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Remove the axel and torn boot then clean off all of the old grease from the cv joint with solvent and brush. Install new boot and pack it with new grease and reassemble. Easier said than done. There are split boot products out there that do not require removing the axel. Thing is that you have to get all of the old grease out. Any contaminates and it will ruin the cv joint over time. Its a pain in the ass to get it completely cleaned when the axel is out of the car. I would hate to imagine how much of a pain in the ass it would be with it still on the car. Do it right the first time so you don't have to do it a second.
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Just replace the entire axle if it's that old. It'll be easier than trying to put and lube up a boot. Funny this thread came up because my passenger side was also busted and leaking like the Titanic. No noise, nothing out of the ordinary.
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Just replace the entire axle if it's that old. It'll be easier than trying to put and lube up a boot. Funny this thread came up because my passenger side was also busted and leaking like the Titanic. No noise, nothing out of the ordinary.
I replaced my axles 2 months ago and the passenger side boot busted open because I drove over some object on the freeway.. Replaced the boot itself for $40, even though it's a new freakin axle.
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Just replace the entire axle if it's that old. It'll be easier than trying to put and lube up a boot. Funny this thread came up because my passenger side was also busted and leaking like the Titanic. No noise, nothing out of the ordinary.
In the long run this is the way to go. Much easier...
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I replaced my axles 2 months ago and the passenger side boot busted open because I drove over some object on the freeway.. Replaced the boot itself for $40, even though it's a new freakin axle.
My drivers side was like that. I kept replacing the boots and they kept busting and/or falling off. Smooth sailing since I replaced the whole axle.
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Just get a new Axle. They do core trade-in's so its better just to do the whole thing.
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Shayne noticed something similar on mine when we were doing my pads yesterday. I've known that the boots were going to be replaced, and I was told to just do the new axle too. Slowly making my way towards doing that. Now it's certainly more of a priority. Is this something you could do yourself with the right tools?
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how much are axle for the max? you know taking the core in.
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how much are axle for the max? you know taking the core in.
I paid $105 for each axle plus labor $35-50
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So Yesterday I jacked up car, took wheels off to do a random check-come to find the inner passenger side axle boot is broken. Grease was over the oil filter and on some of the pulley facings! It doesn't look like it (the actual boot) rubbed against anything to cause it to break, so I'm chalking it up to old age... My question is, do I need to take off axle to replace boot before bearing(s) get bad and what is the worst possible scenario when the boot breaks and all the grease gets 'flung' out? (oh boy).....

And BTW, it musta recently happened, cuz no unusual noise or anything is coming from there....
Crazy u say this cuz I just put in a grounding kit yesterday and dropped some hardware under the car and just caught a glance of grease on the oil filter turns out I have the same issue although I believe mine was the outer boot as for the boot kits or at least the split boot kits I hear they're a waste of time
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Just replace the axle. Also check the other and see if you should do both at the same time. You can get lifetime replacement on them i think if you get the right kind from auto parts stores.
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Just replace the axle. Also check the other and see if you should do both at the same time. You can get lifetime replacement on them i think if you get the right kind from auto parts stores.
I will replace the axle, but my concern is if the boot(s) should break again (prematurely), then what? There has got to be a better way than to keep replacing axles if boots break. I believe Deadbolt said he replaced his axle, and the darned boot broke-can u see where I'm coming from?
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Chances are if the boot broke you either hit something or the axle has stretched too far to cause the tear. Are you stock? lowered? any suspension mods?
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I will replace the axle, but my concern is if the boot(s) should break again (prematurely), then what? There has got to be a better way than to keep replacing axles if boots break. I believe Deadbolt said he replaced his axle, and the darned boot broke-can u see where I'm coming from?
Mine broke because I drove over something that broke it.. doesn't mean that every new axle will break easily... Just replace the axle and be careful while driving.
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Mine broke because I drove over something that broke it.. doesn't mean that every new axle will break easily... Just replace the axle and be careful while driving.
Yup this is true right here.

I had mine replaced over a year ago and I havent had a single problem since.
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You should be replacing axles on a "regular" basis, if you are theres something else going on. The boots usually open up if something foreign causes it like DB said or from age aka the boots are just worn out and they usually crack/dry rot in between the ribs. Most of the the time the axles/boots should last you many many years. Like Eddy said, save yourself the trouble and just replace the whole friggen thing. saves time and the trouble of replacing the boots...its messy and a pain.

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Smeone should deff do a write up on replacing axels/boots!
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Rockauto.com has them as cheap as $54.79, per side.
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My boot busted while i was honing my brake rotors.. Just so everyone knows.. the one size fits most, two piece boots will not work on our cars. the hub around the cv joint is six sided not round(larger end of the inner boot). the two piece boots are made for a round hub. axle for $70 boot for $30. i did the axle. it took me about twenty mins to do this myself all alone with only a few beers to comfort me. instead of trying to pry out the old axle just "lightly" drive a chisel between the hub and trans case. i almost pulled the car off the jack trying to pry it out. one pop with a chisel and it was all over.
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Hey All, found this thread a little too late- my boot was also torn, so i took it to my mechanic where he replaced the axle for about $200 bucks. It was covered by my Extended Warranty and now Nissan won't cover it I appealed the decision all the way to the top- NO Dice. A new Nissan axle is $630 bucks/ Aftermarket: $150. The very next day I began getting a "shudder", and traced it to the cheap aftermarket axle.... just imagine; Nissan would have made the repair for free. Sucks to be me.
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Originally Posted by Bill Grinley View Post
Hey All, found this thread a little too late- my boot was also torn, so i took it to my mechanic where he replaced the axle for about $200 bucks. It was covered by my Extended Warranty and now Nissan won't cover it I appealed the decision all the way to the top- NO Dice. A new Nissan axle is $630 bucks/ Aftermarket: $150. The very next day I began getting a "shudder", and traced it to the cheap aftermarket axle.... just imagine; Nissan would have made the repair for free. Sucks to be me.
Did you go back to your mechanic so he can fix it? That aftermarket axle should have a warranty on it.
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Old 09-29-2011, 07:19 AM   #25
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Default Re: Do I Need To Replace Inner Axle Boot?

Replace it and call it a day..
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