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Old 01-04-2003, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hello...

I just got back from getting an oil change and having my fuel system reconditioned. I also have a new air filter to hold me over until I decide on what I'm going to do with the whole air intake system. Whats the best thing to do on an 89 anyway?..K&N cone or what? The throttle body...yeesh, it was as black as night...well not anymore

Anyway, back to the point....

The service guy directed me to the underside of the vehicle. We noticed that the CV boot on the passenger side drive wheel had come separated. He had asked if I have been hearing any knocking sounds when I turn or decelerate. Indeed I do when decel but not turning. What kind of work is involved in fixing this?

The following is a list of things that need to be done. Not only for my record but for the opinion of this forum

1. New Intake manifold vacuum
2. New temperature sensor
3. Fuel Lines (Filter too?)
4. CV Boot
5. Muffler (its on it way out...Dynomax in the spring)

Whats this gonna cost me? $$rack it up$$$

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as far as the CV boot, i definitly would suggest in getting a reman halfshaft. if the boot has been torn for awhile , it gets dirt and water inside of it and that is notm good. NAPA has reman halfshafts for about 70 bux and they have a lifetme warr on them too. by the time you get a quality CV boot and have it installed, you are farther ahead to get the halfshaft.
as for the fuel filter, i replace them every 12 months or 12,000 miles. because even idling, the fuel is being looped back into the tank and into the filter again and again. filters are cheap, plus a clean filter helps the fuel pump too, a fuel pump is lazy, it only works as hard as it has to. the more dirt that is in the filter, the harder it has to push the fuel, ending in premature pump failure.
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I hope he filled your CV boot up with grease. If the boot splits open eventually the joint will fail unless the boot is replaced soon by filling up the torn boot with grease you can extend the joints life a little bit.
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I'm not sure if it was greased or not. It looks like it was recent tear though. Not at lot of noticable impact as a result of the torn boot. To boot (no pun intended) I'm not hearing a whole lot of noise that would confirm damage to the joints

I will be going tomorrow to have it looked at.

Will keep you informed of progress
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its not a good idea to fill a torn boot with grease. the CV joint grease is different than reg. grease. also with the axle rotating, the grease get spun out of the joint due to centrifical force. and worst of all, the caliper and brakes are right there too.
i do know that in Pa. when you get your car inspected, it you have a torn boot, and its on any brake part, it fails. the grease will get on the caliper and pads and contaminate the pads.
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i have a broken outer cv joint on my civic. why?

when i was doing pads on the left side i noticed grease flung all over and sure enough the boot had become seperated. I HEARD NO NOISE AT THIS TIME. a mechanic friend of mine said he could fix it for cheap if i got him the parts and said "until i can take a look at it it'* ok to drive around on it"... so i did, for about 2 weeks. He then fixed the boot. Still no noise. Then a few days later, when you turned to the extreme right you could hear clunk clunk clunk.. I thought at first it was a balljoint so I had another guy look at it and he said it was the CV. Now it'* been months since that diagnosis and the noise has gotten worse, but the guy who did the boot says just wait until it'* grinding away then he can replace the whole axle there.

So.. even though you can't hear noise you might still have damage being done.
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very very true greg. that is why instead of doing just a boot, we do the entire halfshaft. the difference it about 20 bux total with labor plus the halfshaft has a lifetime warr. too
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