Replacing CV boot
Maybe because I'm new at replacing CV boot on this truck, but man what a pain. Anyways...I'll have pic of my last install posted so everyone can see how it's done the right way, without taking out the whole front axle, not that I did, but I sure came close to removing the whole front axle!
Step 1: Remove caliper and caliper hanger.
2. Remove front hub and the locking e-ring.
3. Remove retaining clip to inner boot, both sides, the small and large retaining clip.
4. Clean off the axle grease from CV joint.
5. There's a circlip keeping the inner CV shaft from popping out, remove this circlip so you can pull out the axle later.
6. Separate the upper control arm from the ball joint. Now is a good time to replace the ball join or flip it. This should give you enough room to pull out the shaft from the wheel bearing side and remove the CV shaft to replace boots. If not, you'll have to remove the lower ball joint. Don't forget to support your lower a-arm w/ your jacks!!
I think that's about it...this job shouldn't take you more than an hour per axle to do. It took me about 7 hours to figure out the best way to remove it... Now that I did one side, the other side will be easy.
96 3.2L Green Trooper
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