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I have problems with one of my CV joints on my 1993 Acura. I read the repair manual and they suggest that actually fixing the joint itself is a pain and that most people should just buy a new axle shaft. Now, this car is kind of a beater so I don't want to spend too much money on it, and I have two options:

a. listen to the repair manual and buy a new axle shaft for somewhere around $60. b. ignore the warning and get a CV joint boot kit for $10

Has any of you done a CV joint overhaul? Is is worth $50 to just not have to worry about it, or is the manual exaggerating?

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The boot kit alone isn't going to be enough to overhaul the joint - you might need parts of the actual CV joint if the boots have been open to the elements long enough for dirt to get in there and turn the grease into grinding paste. If you're at that stage, buy an overhauled axle shaft.

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Ditto on the recommendation for a refurb piece, especially if it's a beater. – Bob Cross Feb 17 '12 at 21:44
Also, most axle shafts I've seen come with a lifetime warranty, so if the CV joint wears out again, you pay $0 next time around. – R.. Feb 20 '12 at 6:06

One can never monitor the axle boots frequently enough. If you catch the boot leaking grease before it splits, the $10 solution will work. If it is knocking and giving you trouble before you notice the direct opening to road grit, water and everything else, @Timo has the right solution.

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