How to Replace a CV Boot on a Honda Civic

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The CV boot is part of the drive axle assembly on a Honda Civic. Each axle on the Civic is outfitted with two drive axles. One is the main drive axle and the other is a half shaft. Both are drive axles because they transmit power from the engine/transmission to the wheels. There are two flexible joints on each axle that allows the axle to flex. Without this flexibility, it would be impossible to turn your vehicle without putting excessive stress on the axles, causing them to snap. Over time, however, the protective boot that shields the joint from dirt and debris can tear, which will cause the grease that lubricates the joint to leak out. The joint will begin to dry and grind. Once this happens, the entire axle will need to be replaced. However, if you can catch the problem quickly after the boot rips, you may still be able to save the CV joint from permanent damage.

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Things you need

  • New CV boot rebuild kit
  • Metal cutter
  • Brake parts cleaner
  • Snap-ring pliers
  • Flat-tip screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Cut the boot retaining straps with a metal cutter and remove the boot.

  2. 2

    Note the position of the inner race, outer race, cage and shaft. The inner race sits directly on the splines of the CV shaft; the cage guides the ball bearings; and the outer race holds the ball bearings.

  3. 3

    Pry the wire ring from the outer race and take off the outer race.

  4. 4

    Remove the snap ring from the axle groove.

  5. 5

    Remove the inner bearing and the stop ring from the shaft.

  6. 6

    Remove the ball bearings from the cage using a screwdriver for this. Be careful not to damage the bearings, inner race or the cage assembly during removal.

  7. 7

    Align the inner race lands with the cage windows. Pull the inner race from the cage.

  8. 8

    Spray all parts down with brake parts cleaner.

  9. 9

    Re-assemble the inner race, ball bearings and cage on the axle. Assembly is the exact opposite of disassembly.

  10. 10

    Install the new boot, the inner bearing and the stop ring.

  11. 11

    Pack the new boot and outer race with axle grease.

  12. 12

    Slide the outer race onto the inner race and install the wire ring.

  13. 13

    Tighten the boot clamps. Bend the metal clip downwards on the top of the clamp and then flatten it with a screwdriver to secure it to the boot.

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