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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-05-2004, 06:14 PM
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How hard is to change a front CV boot cover?

I noticed that one of my front CV boot cover? Do I need special tools. I am very mechanically, but I never done this before. I am wondering also how long will it take. thanks.

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Re: How hard is to change a front CV boot cover?

I think you have to have the right tool to take off teh hub nut/bearings.

And i dont' think you can replace just the boot, because if the boot leaked, ur CV is dead too, so you have to replace teh whole shaft assembly.

This is all just what i know, no personal experience, so hopefully this helps til other people that have done it respond.
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Re: How hard is to change a front CV boot cover?

I've done it on an S10, never a full-size, but its probably similar.
You need a huge socket for the hub nut, and may have to pull the tie-rod end. To change the boot, you have to disassemble the CV joint. Its not real hard, but if you've never done it, it can be intimidating.
For my S10, I always just bought a new rebuilt shaft with joints attached.
You can also buy a split boot, that you can put on with the shaft on the truck. They don't last long, but will make do in a pinch.
Hope this helps.
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Re: How hard is to change a front CV boot cover?

I replaced the entire shaft on mine. The first time, it is very intimidating but really isn't that difficult. Get a manual and it walks you through it with not too much difficulty. I would recommend replacing the shaft on your's just to be safe. At Autozone, I picked up a new shaft for $80.00. It will take about 3-4 hours to complete.

The only time I deviated from the instructions was instead of removing the sway bar link (nomenclature??) I removed the shock and the shaft came out easily. Most of the disassembly is for clearance when removing the shaft.

The hub nut takes a 35-36mm socket. I can't remember exactly but I do know it's one of them.

Good luck.
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