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Date:         Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:39:32 -0400
Reply-To:     Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET>
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From:         Eric Caron <ecaron1@COMCAST.NET>
Subject:      Re: CV boot problem repair problem continued
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Hi John and others,

It looks like a Vanagon friend that has done this before has time to help out on Tuesday afternoon and has a boot. Still I plan to leave this experience prepare to do this myself if it happens again. I’ plan to get the better quality boots and have them ready to go.

These tips are appreciated and I’ve read through them several times in preporation. I am hoping to look at a friends spare axle and CV joint before handling mine. That will be a big help.

The info given here gives me confidence and partly makes up for not being able to see Bentley diagrams!

Eric Caron 85 GL auto Westvalia

> On Aug 14, 2016, at 3:05 PM, John Rodgers <> wrote: > > Eric, > > On the automatic the axles are of different lengths, but the procedure for moving and replacing the boots and the CV's is the same. Others have pretty much covered the steps, but I offer this an alternative. For getting the CV off of the axle. > > Get a block of wood (a 2 x 6 x6) is good. > Get a piece of solid round steel or brass twelve inches long and one half to five eights inches in diameter. > Remove the circlip holding the CV on the shaft. > Hold the shaft vertical with one hand. The end of the shaft with the CV to be removed should rest on the center of the wood. > Place the steel or brass rod next to the axle. > Now hold the the two together with one hand. > Let the rod slide down until it touches the side inner race of the CV. > The rod should not be of a diameter to extend into the ball bearing area. > Tap the upper end of the rod downward with a hammer. > Slide the tod slightly around the axle shaft and tap again. > Continue this procedure until the CV begins to slide downward towards the wood. > > At that point the CV should slide from the shaft splines. Be very careful not to let the CV fall of or the center of the CV slide out because the bearing will also fall out. Then it becomes a nightmare to get back together. > > To reassemble put boot on first, with the large open metal end to the end of the axle shaft. The CV should just slide on. If not freely, a slight bump with a rubber mallet should do the trick. Then put on the circlip to hold > the CV. > > Hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions. > > John >

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