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Old 09-23-2011, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Best way to remove grease from blown CV boot? - pics included

My wife's '02 Outback recently blew a CV boot, had it repaired and mentioned to them how the grease dispersed onto the exhaust and engine bay causing to burn. It didn't appear that they had attempted to clean out the grease, and we're getting tired of the wretched smell in the garage after she drives it, or when the fan is on at a stop.

Does anyone have a great recommendation how to clean this up so we don't have the burnt grease smell? And I don't want to mask it with something else. I've seen threads about Simple Green with engine detailing, but this seems a bit more than what it might handle. Of course the other issue now is it is all put together.

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Old 09-23-2011, 01:59 AM   #2
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brake clean and a rag. do it when the car is cold. brake clean gets stinky...

or you could just wait until it burns off.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:01 AM   #3
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The times this has happened to me, I always just let it burn off.
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:49 AM   #4
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....I usually just use old rags to clean off most of it and then an effective APC to help get off the rest if necessary.
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:30 AM   #5
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Since its on the passenger side it will get and stay hotter then the drivers side. The simplest/least elbow grease way is going to be. After each trip to were ever, hit it up with a good amount of Simple Green. Other wise its brake clean x 3 cans with out any scrubbing or rag wiping.
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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I just leave it alone, one good rainstorm and it will be gone.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:36 PM   #7
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I just leave it alone, one good rainstorm and it will be gone.
Hah! you haven never had a ripped CV boot
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:11 AM   #8
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rain wont help i tried that before. with my first car and testing it with my subaru

if the greese is out of the boot but i dont here the clunking noise. iknow its still bad not having greese but can i got to autozone and buy the boot cause i know they sell them and replace the boot and the greese my self? or get someone to make sure its all good. the greese has been on the out side for maybe 5 months. im not sure on how much is out or haw much is still insides
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Old 09-24-2011, 01:18 PM   #9
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I generally just wipe it off with a rag or paper towel (since the rag will not come clean after of course). Then either pressure wash it, or as someone mentioned brake cleaner works well for cutting grease down, just don't let it get on any of your paint, and if you do.. wash it off asap.
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:32 PM   #10
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I just leave it alone, one good rainstorm and it will be gone.

This will not work, Still got my stains (especially areas facing inside the engine bay instead of being exposed outside under/around the axle.

You have to use some strong degreaser or brake clean to spray the area to brake down the grease. Hopefully you have a hot water source where you can spray it with that and it will help melt off the grease and clean your driveway. If not, cold water will do, just will take more. Hope that gets most of it off. If not, go at it manually with that rag!
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:33 PM   #11
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rain wont help i tried that before. with my first car and testing it with my subaru

if the greese is out of the boot but i dont here the clunking noise. iknow its still bad not having greese but can i got to autozone and buy the boot cause i know they sell them and replace the boot and the greese my self? or get someone to make sure its all good. the greese has been on the out side for maybe 5 months. im not sure on how much is out or haw much is still insides
it all depends on what tools and resources you have. you either have to pull the whole axle out of the car or atleast pull the steering knuckle away if its an outer boot which means popping out the lower ball joint. you also have to make sure you have the right tools to put the new clamps on the boot. it can be done at home but is a lot easier IMO to have it done at a shop. either way if you buy a new boot kit it should come with a new pack of grease.


to the OP brake clean and a rag like everyone said is the easiest way to get it off. im curious why they didnt clean the grease off because i know my boss would give me **** for not trying to clean it up at all. it seems like good customer service to clean up the grease when they just spent the money to get it fixed.
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Old 09-27-2011, 11:36 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info. I'll probably try the brake cleaner, and try to post pics when it's completed. Might be a while with two babies.
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