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cv joint noise - difficult to change yourself?

mordz Oct 9, 2007

  1. mordz

    mordz Audi S3 (2000)

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    Ok so the boot came of a few weeks back, it was a good 3 weeks till i could get the car in to the garrage, so i used some hefty tie wraps to put the boot back on.

    car in for service and had the boot fitted propperly, the guy told me if it still makes a noise then i need a new joint. if anything the noise is getting worse and its another 3 weeks before the have a slot to change it for me.

    How hard is it to do the work yourself? im a novice mechanic but can get some help from a mate too. should i attempt it?

    what parts will i need? is there a cv kit i need, also i have seen the inner and outer CV listed. which do i need im guessing outer is the wheel and inner being the engine side?

    thanks for help dudes.
     
  2. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    they are not too hard to change, a new boot kit from audi is 18 quid with boot , clips , grease and new stretch bolt. Dont know how much a cv joint is but let me know as I also need one as I have a slight knock on full lock on my drivers side.

    You need the right tool to clamp the clips up (nb i didn`t for the first boot I changed and the clip came off hence the damage to the cv joint :( )

    the tool is 10 - 20 quid depending on manufacturer.

    try audi for parts then GSF, auid are sometime surprisingly cheap.
     
  3. rodenal

    rodenal Active Member

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    The kit isnt really what you need - if you try GSF they'll price you a new driveshaft - it'll come with the boot already on etc, just a case of pulling the old one out and putting the new one in.

    If you're careful then it shouldn tbe too hard a job
     
  4. mordz

    mordz Audi S3 (2000)

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    thanks for the tips dudes,

    i checked GSF the do the inner or outer for around £40 quid. tube of cv grease is a few quid

    i just called a local (none audi garage/specialist garage) and they said they would do it for £80. might be easyer. if the tool is £20 quid also.

    i wouldnt mind doing it myself so i know how. woudlnt be too bad if weather was ok.

    what do you guys recon?
     
  5. rodenal

    rodenal Active Member

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    £80 sounds not bad at all, as long as they're actually replacing the joint - i'm surprised its that cheap as with alot of cars you need a whole new driveshaft when the CV joint has gone, which i'd expect to be about £80 itself.
     
  6. mordz

    mordz Audi S3 (2000)

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    maybe they are guestimating its just the joint. ill let you know by end of play tomoz.
     
  7. Mo-S3

    Mo-S3 Member

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    The audi driveshafts are very easy to change as are the cv joints too.not worth paying them £80 in my opinion
     

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