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Old 01-19-2010, 12:13 AM
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The joints are not making any noise. I'm just re-booting ...
Opps missed that. Still though in my case my indy didn't have the flexx gun and I decided it would be cheaper to just replace the entire axle.

If you have the time and money to reboot then go ahead. I've been checking daily for leaks in my differential from the new axles and I haven't had any yet so my new re-manufactured axles seem to be holding up just fine.
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Going back to the original post: "Can you get the vac to blow instead?" No. Vacuums are low pressure so they by nature "suck" and nature abhors them.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:21 AM
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I'd say budget in at least a weekend to replace them.
Hmmm, though I'll never disagree with a little overage when allocating time for a project at least a weekend sounds kind of extreme.

If you've changed axleshafts before and have a good complement of tools, I'd count on more like a half-day and make the rest of that day free just in case. The worst part of my swap was realizing I'd just assumed there was RTV in the shop and someone had used the tube I had, so I had to run to the parts store. This swap was easier than almost all other shafts I've swapped out.

As for regreasing shafts that have blown boots, I'd be all over some turkey baster/ tape action. Doubt I'd go much further than that to repair used shafts, but several people on here have had good results with rebooting so what do I know?

Ian, your assumption is correct. Afaik the CV joints themselves are not rebuildable/replaceable (one more reason I much prefer u-joints).
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:15 AM
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Well, there is always the skill factor.


I've never done anything of this magnitude before so I had to gather all of the tools I needed prior to the project. On top of that I'm a light weight with very little muscle mass So the entire experiance was tiring from just fatigue of holding wrenches, bolts, axles, or whatever in pace..

I'm guessing if you've done something like this before then it'll be quick and easy. But for me this was a first time experiance so it took a lot longer
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:41 AM
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for me this was a first time experiance so it took a lot longer
One can only hope. Having been through other things before helps, and I always take having a full shop at my disposal for granted...

How old are you, btw? You seem composed enough and skilled enough that I'd always assumed you were in your 20s but then I saw a post about getting your parents to help with using a propane torch... Good on ya for knowing when to call down the help and not getting yourself into a situation.

I didn't mean at all to belittle your accomplishment, you should be proud- taking a full weekend to walk yourself through the first time is a good idea.

Keep it up, soon enough you'll take on bigger and more complex projects. You'll learn special combinations of curse words and holding your mouth just right so that projects go more smoothly.
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Old 01-19-2010, 12:20 PM
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I had a rhythmic thumping in the rear end of my TD . Thought it was a wheel bearing so took it to an indy to repair. He diagnosed dry CV joints. He put in grease/oil/?? and everything has been fine for about 3 or 4 years. Not sure how he got it in there.
After doing a DIY on these boots (search my name with cv boots), I would say that it is possible to add grease (or oil) in to each existing boot while the axles are in-place (without removing the axles). Although in my case I removed the axles and replaced the boots with Dorman's and used semi-syn oil axle oil instead of grease.

If I were to add grease, I would simply remove the clip around the boot (probably on the axle end instead of the shaft end - or both), slide the boot away from the axle, find a way to suck or remove the 'old' oil out of the axle, then apply the grease.

Once greased, slide the boot back and re-clip. You can get new clips from NAPA. Do not use wire ties as clips. You can actually reuse the old MB clips if you remove them properly. You will need the clip tool. NAPA and AZ sell them.

If you want to clean out the axle joint more effectively, take the axles off the car so you can work on it much better.

This is all on the premise that the old boots are still in good shape.

If you want to replace the boots without dismantling the axle, there are a few threads here covering that including mine. The FEBI boots will require you to dismantle the axle which I think is not meant to be a DIY b/c I believe its much more complicated than rebooting.

Also, I would not gamble on the Advance Auto Axles. I put a set on and they immediately made noise. Thats when i decided to reboot. Rebooting is not that tough. Just get the right tools (cone and clip tool).

Do a search. there are plenty of threads on rebooting in the forum. Here's the one I did....

Flexx Boot Axle Repair Using Cone
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:18 PM
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One can only hope. Having been through other things before helps, and I always take having a full shop at my disposal for granted...

How old are you, btw? You seem composed enough and skilled enough that I'd always assumed you were in your 20s but then I saw a post about getting your parents to help with using a propane torch... Good on ya for knowing when to call down the help and not getting yourself into a situation.

I didn't mean at all to belittle your accomplishment, you should be proud- taking a full weekend to walk yourself through the first time is a good idea.

Keep it up, soon enough you'll take on bigger and more complex projects. You'll learn special combinations of curse words and holding your mouth just right so that projects go more smoothly.
Haha i am in my 20s. 20 as a matter of fact The propane torch was just something I was not comfortable with. The last thing I want to do is burn myself or my car.

I'm still on winter break so I am at home in Pennsylvania right now. I have a large arsenal of tools in the barn, but it wasn't enough to complete an axle project. Time is such a commodity these days. I love having a lot of it.
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