Joint Boot Replacements
and replacing your CV boots is a relatively easy and low cost
procedure. However, if you don't do regular checks and
replacements, the boots will eventually fail and lead to the
rapid deterioration of the CV joints. CV joints can't be
repaired and therefore must be replaced. Preventative maintenance of your CV boots will save you money in
the long run.
of CV boots and joints
of CV boots if required
of CV joints if required
CV boots consist of a rubber pouch that goes over the CV joint
to protect it from dirt, water and the elements that it would
otherwise be exposed to under the car. The boot also contains a
generous serving of grease to lubricate the joint. The boot is
fixed on either end with a metal strip known as a ‘boot clamp'
which keeps the boots sealed tightly to the drive shaft casing.
cars use ‘ball type' CV joints which use balls to transfer the
energy from the driveshaft at one angle, to the wheel at another
angle (while turning). The animation below shows a simplified
version of this mechanism in action.