How to tighten a slip clamp on a CV boot

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How to tighten a slip clamp on a CV boot
If you can install a CV joint, installing the CV boot clamp will be easy. (garage image by Gerd Reiber from

You have removed the half-shaft axle from your car. You have rebuilt the CV joint. You have reinstalled the hand shaft axle into the car and you have installed the CV boot. When you go to install the CV boot clamp you realise that you do not have a clamp installation tool and getting one just to install one clamp is not how you want to spend your money. Well, with a pair of common needle nose pliers and a flat head screwdriver you can install that CV boot clamp and avoid a trip to the automotive supply store.

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Things you need

  • Needle nose pliers
  • Flat-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Wrap the metal band around the CV boot. The band sits in a groove that has been pre-formed in the CV boot. Wrap the band counterclockwise around the CV boot or toward the front of the vehicle.

  2. 2

    Thread the end of the metal band with the holes in it under the metal clasp attached to the band to complete the circle around the CV boot. Position the metal band so the clasp is at 9 o'clock or on the left hand side of the CV boot

  3. 3

    Pull outward and upward to tighten the metal band around the CV boot with a pair of needle nose pliers. This squeezes the band around the CV boot while creating pressure on the clasp.

  4. 4

    Bend the metal band backward onto the clasp and lock it into place by pressing against the metal band with a flat-head screwdriver. Once bent backward, the metal band is held in place with the clasp.

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