CV Joint Replacement CV Joint Boot Constant-Velocity Joint

This page and its counterpart, will show the steps to renew the CV joints. 

The Driveshafts were removed on this page

First, a diagram of the driveshaft renewed on this page:

13) Stub-axle

11) Coupling

12) Balls 10) Housing  9) Ligarex 8) Driveshaft 7) Boot 4) Circlip 5) Tri-Axe Coupling 6) Rotules  
Necessary Tools:


1) NEW clean metal bucket

2)Paint thinner, or mineral spirits - something that will break down the grease

3) Brake Cleaner - get the non- chlorinated kind

4) Big box of clean towels

5)Gloves that are resistant to thinners or solvents

6) Eye protection - you don't want the thinner or brake cleaner splashing in your eye.

Remove the Ligarex band  (9) that holds the remains of the inner boot (7).
Use a cutter to cut away the boot.  If you use a cheap plastic blade holder, you don't have to worry about getting your good blade holder dirty.
The Triax (5)  with the boot (7) removed.
Set the triax in the steel can and pour turpentine over it.
With the grease removed (using lots of paper towels) remove and set aside the steel bearings (Rotules - 6).  There is a circlip (4) on the inboard
and outboard side.  Your life will be much better if you invest  in a set of tools designed specifically for installing /  removing circlips.
Take both assemblies to a shop with a press and have the triax ring (5) removed with a press.  You will spend a lot of time trying to remove them with hand tools.  And then you will go to a shop with a press anyway.
Now, we clean the outboard joint(13):

Remove the Ligarex band (9) and cut the rubber boot (7) away.

outboard CV joint with boot removed.
Set the whole joint in the turpentine and turn it to circulate the solvent through the joint.
The solvent will thin the grease.  Use clean paper towels to remove the grease.  Use lots of clean towels & throw them away.  Remember they are cheap and disposable, treat them accordingly.  Set the joint back in the turpentine and circulate it again. Then towel it out.  Repeat several times.  Then rinse it with brake cleaner.
CV Joint after cleaning.
Contents of  CV Boot kit.
I was a complete retard and I set the reinforcement rings in the boot  WRONG!!!! Apparently the plastic rings go on the outside of the boot to keep it from ballooning out from centrifugal force at speed.  I thought the rings went on the inside to keep the boot from collapsing when the joint is flexed..
Put some of the grease on the inside of the smaller opening.  It will be easier to slide.
Driveshaft with boot attached. Note that the driveshaft has a notch designed to accommodate the small opening on the boot.
Put one tube of grease in  the CV joint, turning the driveshaft to distribute the grease in the joint. You'll note that I switched back to the lighter vinyl gloves.  The blue gloves that were supposed to be 'impervious' to petroleum solvents fell apart.  The grease is not as toxic, though.
Put the other tube of grease in the boot.  You will see that it quickly turns into a big mess.
Set the boot onto the metal case of the joint, and clean the grease from the outside.
Ligarex the boot to the case:

Make a double loop of the Ligarex ligature, and set it around the indentation on the boot.

Tighten the ligature with the Ligarex tool.  Very important that the band be tangential to the loop.
Next, the Triax Joint.