It will happen to anyone who wrenches there own car. You’re changing your own oil and you discover that the protective covering around your constant velocity joint commonly referred to as your CV boot has torn. What do you do?
No need to panic as you can still drive and commute to work, but you’ll want to replace that torn CV boot as soon as possible as Over time dirt/grit gets into the grease and joint and wears it out faster over. And there is good reason to replace the boot sooner than later as the cost of a boot is far less expensive proposition than an entire axle shaft assembly.
What does a CV joint do anyways? CV joints are attached to axle shafts on a vehicle. The axle shafts play an integral role in a vehicle by transferring an engine’s torque to the driving wheels. The CV joints allow the wheel to freely move up and down vertically as well as pivot when making turns.
So what do you do when you find a torn CV boot that you need to replace?
- If you want someone to repair it for you, look to spend in the ball park of around $400 including parts and labor.
- If you want to replace them yourselves, CV boots themselves only cost around $25 a set and typically take 2 hours to replace. The average mechanic should be able to replace a fairly typical car’s CV boot’s without a problem, but some research is needed prior to repair for your particular vehicle.
- Alternatively,you may find that it’s cheaper and easier to replace the entire half axle shaft all in one go, in that case, go for it.
A CV is an important part to a cars driving and steering and a CV boot protects that area. While not an immediate issue, it would benefit you to replace a CV boot as soon as possible.