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Old 09-26-2001, 04:29 AM   #1
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Question Ouch my joints hurt!

Hey guys got a question regarding the CV joints in my MY95 Legacy sedan.

I seem to keep tearing CV joint boots. My first encounter with the problem was about a year and a half ago when both the inner and outer boot of the passenger side front CV joint tore, which subsequently flung grease out all over the place. I had it repaired and everything seemed okay. Then during my last oil change when I was underneath the car I noticed the telltale splattering of grease on the firewall indicating yet another CV joint problem. I looked and discovered yet another gaping hole in the boot and I can hear a sound reminiscint of marbles rolling around a cup sometimes when I turn very tightly. Also it seems that during tight slow turns it almost feels as though the steering wheel is binding slightly. In other words same joint, same symptoms as before.
So my questions are: How does this happen? What causes the boots to tear so easily? Is it my occasional toss around on gravel roads, hard cornering or doing doughnuts in the snow overstressing the joint? Is this an easy repair to tackle in the garage on my own? Do I have far greater issues than meets the eye with my CV joints-since I've torn yet another boot in less than 2 years time? Was it possibly improperly repaired? Any other ideas???? Thanks for your help and I will appreciate any replies.
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Old 09-26-2001, 10:27 AM   #2
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First off your joints need to be replaced. If you are hearing the "marbles" when you turn. You may just had so bad luck. A rock might have tore the new boot. Replacing a CV joint is really just replacing the axle. I have done it before but not in my Subaru. I would rate it a 7 out of 10 on difficulty. Where did you get the boots replaced? I would take it back and tell them that it was faulty.
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Old 09-27-2001, 08:45 AM   #3
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I had a similar problem on my 92 Legacy. I had the car into the dealer for brake work, and he told me the left outer boot was very close to failure, so I got it fixed. They checked everything else and pronounced it fine, and off I went. I drove from Ottawa to Toronto that weekend, and on the way home after I got off the highway I began to get this horrible stench through the heater. As it turns out, my right outer boot had failed somewhere on the highway, and dumped its grease onto the cat, which was the cause of the stink. I took it back to the dealer and convinced them (it involved a lot of grumbling) to replace the boot with parts cost only to me. Unfortunately, running at 130km/h for 4 hours with no grease severely shortened the life of the joint, and now I've got the rumbling and vibrating, both through the steering wheel and the chassis when under acceleration (torqueing the joint). So, I guess soon it'll be going back.

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Old 09-27-2001, 10:19 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far, keep 'em coming
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Old 09-27-2001, 04:13 PM   #5
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Well, I have a similar problem with my '93. The CV boot is torn open completely and is flinging grease all over everything. I noticed it while replacing my rotors and pads. I don't think I want to tackle this problem by myself, so I'm taking it in to get a major service (106,000 miles). I'll show them the problem that I'm already having with the CV joint, but I don't know if it'll require a whole new axle or if the CV boot just needs to be replaced. I don't have a whole lot of positive info, just that I'm struggling with the same problem. I can't hear any noise, but I'm stressed about it all the same. I'll have more info on Monday once they have a chance to check it out. ARGHHH!

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Old 09-27-2001, 09:41 PM   #6
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I you catch the tear quick enough( a day or so) you can get away with just replacing the boot. The joint fails most often when the grease is flung out and is run dry. My guess is the boots are getting very hot(diff heat during donuts...maybe), than getting cold rapidly in the snow play sessions. That's my guess(probably wrong though. You may just CV gremlins tearing them apart like on the twilight zone movie
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