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Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by rasA4, Mar 19, 2007.

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    Just got back from MOT Centre and car failed the MOT for the 1st time on the outer CV Gaiters split on BOTH sides! couldnt believe it oh well sh*t happens got a quote from my local garage who says £100 + VAT for labour for fitting both gaiters.

    Audi did not have the part in stock he suggested to try VW. So got CV boots from there £28 inc vat each.
    i would only fit genuine parts in this case last thing i want is the boot falling off as the copy ones seem to use plastic tie wraps.

    MOT gone up as well @ £50!

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    takes half an hour a side if you have the right tools including getting the wheels off
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    I had new front discs and pads fitted last week and now i've got a wheel bearing gone.

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    half and hour thats quick i wish haynes made a manual for this car! i dont like taking it apart and finding out i dont have the correct tools etc for the job.

    i looked in the box of the gaiter and it comes with a massive bolt in there??

    i done it once on my old astra astra gte16v mk2 got in a mess trying to find the circlip...
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    I think out b5s are getting a lil tierd my wheel bearing is gone as well
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    [Mar 19, 2007]
    The only special tool you will need is a 14mm allen socket to remove the big bolt.Once that is off, you should have enough play to get the shaft out by turning the steering to full lock.
    Once out, put the bolt back in and tighten, this will draw the joint off, obviously that will enable you to swap out the dodgy gaiter.I know i had both mine go too.
    The joint will push back on once the gaiter is put over the shaft,replacement is the oposite of removal etc etc
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    rasa4 ive got a pdf file on the dismatle/rebuild of the a4 drive shaft if any good to you, it will at least give you idea how it all comes apart etc.

    pm me your email addy and ill send it to you

    alan
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    Don't forget to re-grease aswell!! :p
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    that sounds really easy
    does this bolt go through the main brake disc? so once the wheel is off is this the only thing i need to take off?
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    cheers mate is it for a 2.4?

    PM sent
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    Unfortunately the same thing happened to me last month when I took mine for an MOT, just one of the CV gaiter split. It failed for the first time @ 66k miles. Had the front brakes & pads replaced at the same time.
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    mines only done 54k i put my CV gaiters splitting early due to my neighbours new wife keeps parking her car just near my drive (told her a million times to leave more space she does it for a few days then does the same thing after that)
    and other cars parking on the other side of my drive thus leading me to nearly doing full lock when getting in and out of my drive.
    Parking on my road is getting tight now lucky i have a driveway and a garage.
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    I did mine not too long back car had about 65k on and it was split, just put a discount centre jobbie on, came with the metal clamps though

    My driveshafts are dead from ahving the car too low though click click click click
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    [Mar 19, 2007]

    they do! it dosent cover the engine or the quattro system but the steering, suspension, brakes, front driveshafts and cv joints etc are the same on all A4's

    just a thought

    my car failed before on two tyres and a bulb, when i checked the tyres all four were below 1.5mm ? strange

    good luck with the new boots!
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    Hope u get it sorted mate!...
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    Mine has split too, made a right mess of my wheels!!!!! not impressed!!

    Gonna get a new one fitted this week, I'll check my CV joints to phil as mine was dropped on its ass too.
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    mines only dropped 35mm i hope that doesnt cause a problem?
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    Lowering the car in itself shouldn't damage the driveshaft CV joints as they are designed to work at all angles of suspension travel.
    Generally what kills them is a lack of grease which causes dirt and corrosion to get in. If you have a CV gaitor split don't delay in getting it done as the grease gets flung out every where and water and dirt can get into the joint.

    John
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    getting it done on saturday
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