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Heh guys, my front left passenger CV boot is torn with very little grease left. My right CV boot is starting to go. Is it an instant urgent job needing done straight away?
- You can patch it temporarily with some duct tape but it does not last long.

- Just curious how many km (or miles) in your X5 when the boots split...
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Sorry, I just found another thread that answers this question for me.

https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...e-replace.html

Anyhow, I have ~216,000 km on the clock and I think it has only gone in the last 1000.
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Sorry, I just found another thread that answers this question for me.

https://xoutpost.com/bmw-sav-forums/...e-replace.html

Anyhow, I have ~216,000 km on the clock and I think it has only gone in the last 1000.

The CV boot is cheap...

http://febest.com.au/BOOT_OUTER_CV_J...4_KIT/1917-E53

And it's well less that a two-hour job. There's a method I've used (on my E53) that doesn't require the removal of any CV or the axle from the car. See this thread/post.

https://xoutpost.com/792410-post36.html

Undo a couple of bolts, cut off the old boot, release the axle from the CV, clean up and re-grease the CV, slip new boot onto axel, pop axle back in, slip new boot into place and secure, bolt everything back up. Have a beer...

I would do 'em rather than leave them. CVs will last the life of the vehicle if kept clean and greased - less if not. And I know axles are cheap in the US but they aren't cheap Downunder.
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sktn, wow! Thanks for that useful info. I guess it depends on what size your vehicle is but good info. I do remember seeing a car on the side of the highway with the wheel looking not at the right angle..). I will do that noise test.
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wpoll, that looks like something I can do! I’m a newbee. Are there any problems I have to watch out for in the process?
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- I have 130K miles (same as your mileage) and my boots are still factory.

- Don't use Febest, it is of unknown quality.
- Stick to GKN, which is the OEM mfg. I don't know if you can get GKN boot in Australia, buy try ebay Australia.
- Or try FCPEuro in the USA.

- Safety first, use jack stands, and place the tire underneath the engine area.
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- Don't use Febest, it is of unknown quality.
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Actually the quality of Febest IS known - it's usually crap!

But down here we sometime have to use what we can get. Sure, we can order a GKN from the US - and pay six times it's value in postage and then get nailed by local sales tax on import, on top of the exchange rate. All that can make a GKN from the USA cost over $100.... - I shit you not.

Changing a CV isn't something I want to do more than I have to but I've had reasonable success with brands like Febest (and others that don't even have a brand on them) - never had to re-do one (yet!).

But yes, that's good advice - get the best parts you can.
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wpoll, that looks like something I can do! Im a newbee. Are there any problems I have to watch out for in the process?
It takes two, baby....

Popping the axle from the outer CV joint is pretty easy with a helper. Have your helper pull gently on the hub (outwards), while you use an alloy/brass drift to smartly tap the inner CV shoulder. Make sure you have clamped/supported the axle so that the outward force applies pressure to the c-clip and doesn't pull the inner CV apart. The axle should just pop out of the CV inner when you tap the CV shoulder...
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Unfortunately, I am by myself so I will think about it. What is the procedure with the grease? Just thought I’d check.
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Unfortunately, I am by myself so I will think about it. What is the procedure with the grease? Just thought Id check.
A CV joint is pack with a heavy grease and the purpose of the rubber CV boot is to keep the grease in the joint and keep dust'n'dirt out. When the boot splits, much of the grease in the joint is thrown out and any that is left may be contaminated by dirt'n'dust.

You can see the remaining grease in this image from member dville...



When you replace the boot, you clean out any remaining grease and re-pack the joint with the special grease supplied with the boot (nasty stuff too!). The new boot then covers this freshly-greased CV joint.

*edit* - BTW, dville's image shows him using a pinch-bar to pop the axle from the CV joint. I haven't tried this (yet...) but it could certainly be a one-person task using this method.
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