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#1 (permalink) Old 11-12-2012, 12:43 PM
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CV Axle question

The front-end problems seem to continue. I took the FJ to get the alignment checked out, which turned out fine as it had moved very little in the last few thousands miles (right Caster kept moving a lot in a short period of time), but they told me my CV Axle/joint/whatever was leaking and that I needed to get it replaced. So, I did some research on here and although I'm not completely sure of what everything is, it sounds like maybe it could just be a boot or a new clamp I need? I am not sure how to tell. Anyway, they quoted me $355 to replace the right axle (this is at Tires Plus), so I will probably take it to the Dealer, tell them something doesn't look right and see what they say and get an estimate. It's an 07 with under 50k and is driven pretty easily, not sure why it's konked out on me already.

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Is the cv causing noise or binding?Mine leak a bit from my lift but no issues with a little seepage. If there are no issues with the cv, you can buy upgraded boots and clamps on ebay. If its making noise you need a new one and can buy aftermarket for about $70 from rock auto.


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Re: CV Axle question

Is there a band on that inner joint there? Can see it on the outer, but looks like you might be missing a clamp on the inner where its leaking.

If you jack it up and sping the wheel and there is no grinding/binding you can probably add a clamp and see if that stops the seep.
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Re: CV Axle question

I'll have to check to see about the band, but I don't think it's there.

It's not making any noise.

If it's just a clamp and/or boot I need, that is a significantly less cost than the whole thing, right - both in parts and labor? I doubt I'll be fixing this myself, but if I know enough about what's going on, maybe I can not get suckered into buying more than I really need.

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I'll have to check to see about the band, but I don't think it's there.

It's not making any noise.

If it's just a clamp and/or boot I need, that is a significantly less cost than the whole thing, right - both in parts and labor? I doubt I'll be fixing this myself unless it really just needs a clamp (doesn't look like a big undertaking), but if I know enough about what's going on, maybe I can not get suckered into buying more than I really need.
The ebay upgrade is about $15. It's the labor that would get you..Do it yourself

If you're just missing the clamp you can easily add a clamp without removing the cv joint from the truck...

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The ebay upgrade is about $15. It's the labor that would get you..Do it yourself

If you're just missing the clamp you can easily add a clamp without removing the cv joint from the truck...

Toyota FJ Cruiser CV Axle Repair Clamps Kit for Leaking Boots After Lift Kit | eBay
If that's the case, I will just do myself. If something was wrong with the joint itself, wouldn't it make noise? Is the best way to tell just to re-clamp the boot and see if it still leaks?

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Re: CV Axle question

Well, the clamp is on and appears to be well fastened to the boot. What now? Maybe it just needs a tighter/better clamp? (fingers crossed)
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Well, the clamp is on and appears to be well fastened to the boot. What now? Maybe it just needs a tighter/better clamp? (fingers crossed)
I would say so...if you have a lift, it's normal to have seepage. Those eBay clamps are designed to hold better so I bet those are all you might need to maximize the life of your cvs.

If you don't have a lift, and there never was a lift if you bought it used, I suspect the boot might be torn and you will need a new cv once it gets noisy.




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I would say so...if you have a lift, it's normal to have seepage. Those eBay clamps are designed to hold better so I bet those are all you might need to maximize the life of your cvs.

If you don't have a lift, and there never was a lift if you bought it used, I suspect the boot might be torn and you will need a new cv once it gets noisy.




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I have a lift. The boot doesn't appear to be torn. Sounds like I should order those clamps and see if it works out.

If anybody knows of a good source for instructions, that would be a great help! Looks like a simple "screw" job?
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I have a lift. The boot doesn't appear to be torn. Sounds like I should order those clamps and see if it works out.

If anybody knows of a good source for instructions, that would be a great help! Looks like a simple "screw" job?
Yea, and you will have to separate the band of the clamp from the ratchet portion of the clamp so that you can fit the bracket over the boot. Otherwise you would have to remove the whole thing to have access to the sides to slide the clamps on without separating it.

Maybe you can find just that one clamp but the oem will be no better than the one you have. In some old threads on here, people have listed the part numbers of each improved clamp for the cv boots...


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