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Posted by bobc [Email] (#473) [Profile/Gallery] (more from bobc) on Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:12:38 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: inner CV joint, whats this?, bobc [Profile/Gallery] , Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:38:47
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Thanks as always to Anders & Mark!

just a few notes on my experience re-booting the inner CV boot on a 1999 9-5

1 - I popped off only the the tie rod end and ball joint and that gave me plenty of access to get the axle out. The bonus is that re-assembly will not change the alignment.

NOTE; if you have a manual transmission, and you are working on the drivers (left) side, be prepared for a fair amount of transmission fluid to drain out when you remove the friver from the transmission. . Be sure you have a quart or two of replacement fluid on hand for reassembly. If you have not upgraded to the "new fluid" this is the time to do it.

2 - Once out of the car, removing the tripod from the transmission side cup was the next task, and this one was not obvious to me. If you have an axle from the factory there is a 'lip edge' pressed into the inner driver. It is used to facilitate assembly on the assembly line. Looking at this edge it appears to be part of the inner driver ... but its a soft metal that can be twisted bent and pulled out. Use a vice grip and don't be gentle. It will put up a fight, and you will feel like you are damaging something important, you are not. twist and work it back and forth, eventually it will break and separate and you can pull it off and toss it away.

I didn't take any pics because me and all of my tools were covered in grease, but I found a pic online that give you an idea of this thing:

3 - My inner carrier has a round profile and the boot fit perfectly. The boot came with an adapter which I appears to be it for the newer axles with a scalloped carrier (see Ander's post)

4 - Once apart, I cleaned it up and regreased with fresh grease. I used OEM boot and OEM grease

5 - I used permatex ultra black, to seal the boot on both ends, per Mark's suggestion.

5 - You want to have clamp crimp pliers for the band clamp.

note that a brand new axle is extremely affordable and a bit easier than re-booting. However I have had mixed results with aftermarket axles with a very high failure rate. Even though Advance, NAPA and eeuro all sell new axles (not reman) I decided to keep the original and just replace the boot. I believe that the the original Saab CVs, even with 200+ k mi on them, are better quality than the brand new ones. Time will tell and I'll post back with my results.

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