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    Default What exploded.....

    So I was under my car changing my oil and I look over and see this...



    What is this?? I put new grease in the tie rod end but this looks like it's something more..

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    You didn't notice the axle covered in grease right there?


    That's all axle grease, the boot either ripped or the clamp became loose and slung that stuff everywhere.

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    Default Re: What exploded.....

    Yeah I just took the wheel off and I see that. This **** is everywhere.... but as of right now it looks like it's coming from the end where the clamp is so maybe it isn't sealing

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    It's a common thing and the more you drive it the worse off the axle bearings can get.

    For the price of a new one it's easier to just swap it out than to buy grease and new boot/clamp kit to repair it. You have to remove the axle to do either one.

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    Default Re: What exploded.....

    In the past I have been able to buy a two piece boot and put it over the old one for a temporary fix

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dacton1985 View Post
    In the past I have been able to buy a two piece boot and put it over the old one for a temporary fix
    I tried that on my mother in-laws GPGT.. horrible . just horrible. Ended up buying a new axle for like $50 bucks.
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    Just buy a new axle.. Not worth the hassle/money to put on a new boot and grease


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    Wow $50 I paid $20. And why would he have to buy a whole new axle? He didn't say it was bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dacton1985 View Post
    Wow $50 I paid $20. And why would he have to buy a whole new axle? He didn't say it was bad?
    Because to replace just the boot you would have to take off the same amount of things to replace the whole axel itself. And it's not much more expensive

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    That's all good now how do I replace it? What needs to come off and what brand is best?

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    If I can go to advance or O'Riley today and get it I want to do it now while I can

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    Default Re: What exploded.....

    This is where I'm at. I can't see any huge cracks though....

    Do i have to jack up the other side of the car to spin the wheels?



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    Hope you have a slide hammer handy to pop it out and a fwd axle pulled adapter. If not go rent one from the parts store.

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    How likely is it that the clamp knocked out of place? I seriously can't find a hole in the boot.

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    Default Re: What exploded.....

    Then put it back on and throw the clamp back on it and keep on riding. It's certainly uncommon for that to happen. Then pressure wash all the grease away and keep an eye on it that it doesn't sling grease everywhere again


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    Put grease in the boot.

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    If you want to remove it the rest of the way remove the lower ball joint nut, pop the ball joint out of the knuckle, remove the 34 or 35mm axle nut (I forget the real size), then smack it with a hammer to free it and allow it to move. Then swing the knuckle up and away to slide the axle shaft out of the bearing. You either need a pry bar or a slide hammer to pop the axle from the transmission because there is a pressure clip you need to pop it past inside the transmission. Put a rag or a small bucket down as you might lose some fluid.

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    IV had 2 clamps fail on 2 different cars. Keep going on the new axle route. There is a hoe th change an axle write up. Read that first and you will know what to do. Pretty easy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fivefingerdeathpunch View Post
    If you want to remove it the rest of the way remove the lower ball joint nut, pop the ball joint out of the knuckle, remove the 34 or 35mm axle nut (I forget the real size), then smack it with a hammer to free it and allow it to move. Then swing the knuckle up and away to slide the axle shaft out of the bearing. You either need a pry bar or a slide hammer to pop the axle from the transmission because there is a pressure clip you need to pop it past inside the transmission. Put a rag or a small bucket down as you might lose some fluid.
    I don't like messing with ball joints so i just remove the strut assembly. Takes few minutes. I'll then take my long ass pry bar and put it between the inner tulip and the trans and pop it out.

    When re-installing it put a small dab of grease on the pressure clip to hold it "center" and the axle should pop back in.
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    The ball joint way is faster to me, less to do.

    And you have no risk of screwing up your camber on the front end if someone has slotted the knuckle or strut already.

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