Date: 31 Jan 2007 16:12:14 -0800
From: "asg2307" <dadofpscagnospamcom>
Subject: Re: CV shaft or joint replacement

On Jan 31, 4:55 am, Dave Hinz <> wrote: > On 30 Jan 2007 21:38:05 -0800, asg2307 <dadofps...nospamcom> wrote: > > > I know the cv joint is bad. I am living in Seattle. Wanting to know > > that being I am mechanically inclined on cars, should I replace the > > joint or shaft. I have read here that buying and replacing the whole > > shaft seems cheaper. I don't understand the 2006 post discussing the > > remove/replace. > > That might have been mine? The initial problem was the NAPA had the > wrong part reference for it, so they gave me a full shaft but with the > wrong tripod on it. Eventually I returned that, took my original into > the local "A1 driveshaft and universal joint rebuilders", and for a > surprisingly low amount and an hour and a half of time, it came back > reground, new bearings, new grease, sandblasted, recoated, and looking > like new. If you have a shop in your area (and Seattle is certainly big > enough to have them) I'd call around and see what they say. > > > It would appear a $70 driveshaft would not have a > > tripod bearing. What additional hardware do I need to purchase? > > The rebuilt one I got came with a tube of grease and a new hub nut, so > it was all-inclusive. You'll need that socket (37mm maybe? Measure > it before you start all this, trust me on that!), other than that, basic > hand tools. You will get VERY greasy doing this job. > > > Right now I am just making it road worthy. Any help would be great. > > Yup. Because when a CV actually _fails_, you go nowhere at all. So what is with all the extra things to think about, like putting some sort of wedge before jacking and having to remore a cover(?) before pulling the whole shaft out. All in all how much did you pay? A local repair shop says they can repair in an afternoon a used shaft or joint for $250. I see that doing a joint is going to be at least $100 plus.

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