A replacement CV axle can cost $50-$150 or more, depending on the vehicle, and the project takes about half an hour.
CostHelper readers report paying $12-$23 for DIY replacement of just the CV boot, or $100 for two CV axles with boots, for an average DIY cost of $45.
- 1 Is it OK to drive with a torn CV boot?
- 2 Can you replace just the CV boot?
- 3 What are the symptoms of a bad CV joint?
- 4 Can you drive with broken CV boot?
- 5 How serious is a leaking CV boot?
- 6 How long will a broken CV boot last?
- 7 How much does it cost to replace a torn CV boot?
- 8 What causes a CV boot to leak?
Is it OK to drive with a torn CV boot?
It is possible to drive a car with a torn CV boot, but doing so will likely lead to further damage that will eventually require more extensive repair. Among the indications that a CV joint or axle has been damaged is a clicking or popping noise when turning, or vibrations at highway speeds.
Can you replace just the CV boot?
If no noise is present and only the CV boot is broken, you can replace just the CV boot. Tip: Before you install a new axle, check the CV joints (even when the boot is broken) and see if they are worth saving. If you need to replace the CV axle completely, the new CV axle will come with the boots already installed.
What are the symptoms of a bad CV joint?
These are the symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly
- Loud clicking noises when turning. One of the most common and most noticeable symptoms of a bad or failing CV axle shaft assembly is an audible clicking noise when turning.
- Grease on edge of tire.
- Excessive vibration while driving.
Can you drive with broken CV boot?
In a front-wheel drive car, the axles are connected to the wheels with Constant Velocity (CV) joints. You may lose control of the vehicle entirely. It is not safe to drive with a damaged CV joint. Look for some symptoms of a failing CV joint to have it repaired before it becomes unsafe to operate the vehicle.
How serious is a leaking CV boot?
A grease leak is the first symptom that is most commonly associated with a bad or failing CV boot. Over time, with exposure to the elements a CV boot can become dry or brittle and crack or tear. A torn boot can also allow dirt, debris, and moisture to enter the CV joint, which will damage the joint.
How long will a broken CV boot last?
Usually, the CV boots will last about 80,000 miles before they have to be replaced. The boots are made from rubber, which means that they will take on a lot of abuse over the years due to the high amount of heat that they are exposed to.
How much does it cost to replace a torn CV boot?
Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.
The average cost for a CV boot replacement is between $399 and $465. Labor costs are estimated between $216 and $274 while parts are priced between $183 and $191. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
What causes a CV boot to leak?
A grease leak is probably the most common sign of a failing CV boot. Over time, the rubber CV boot can become dry or brittle, creating cracks or tears. When this happens the boot will leak grease onto the inside of the wheel.
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