10.9. Check and replacement of CV JOINTS and their protective covers

Some automobile agents deliver protective covers of "cutting" type which can be established without removal of a power shaft from the car for replacement (they easily turn back around the hinge after cutting of an old cover). It is very convenient; however authors of this manual recommend to remove after all a power shaft, to clean the CV JOINT from dirt and moisture which reduce the term of its service and to establish a new integral protective cover.

If you noticed the signs of wear of the CV JOINT (which are usually caused by damage of protective covers), they should be replaced - both hinges can be replaced in an individual order.

Completely restored power shafts can be got but an exchange basis that will help to save a lot of time and forces. Anyway before dismantling of the car learn the cost and degree of availability of all details.


It is regularly necessary to examine CV JOINTS and their protective covers, and every time when you lift the car. The car and reliably establish to Poddomkratta it on axial support. Examine protective covers of CV JOINTS on existence of cracks, leaks and the broken tightening tapes. If lubricant follows through a hole or a crack in a protective cover, it will result in premature wear of the CV JOINT and need of its replacement. Replace the damaged covers immediately. Having grasped serially each of power shafts, rotate them in both directions and move them inside and outside to check whether there is a side play indicating wear of shlits or weakening of landing of hinges.

Replacement of the CV JOINT and its protective cover


  1. Remove the driveshaft (see the Section Removal and installation of the driveshaft).
  2. Open clips of protective covers, remove them and you will throw out.
  1. Open a big clip of a protective cover...

... then a small clip, then remove and you will throw out both.

  1. Bring down the hammer and a chisel a protective cover from the CV JOINT.
  1. Remove a big lock ring which holds the CV JOINT on driving to a shaft, couple of special flat-nose pliers for lock rings.
  1. Carefully knock on the end of a power shaft (only not on CV JOINT holders) and separate a shaft from the hinge.
  1. Remove an old protective cover from a power shaft.
  2. Carefully wash out the CV JOINT in solvent. Wash away all old lubricant and blow solvent compressed air if it is possible.

When using compressed air put on goggles.

  1. Examine the CV JOINT on existence of deep scratches, furrows, cavities and other signs of wear. If the CV JOINT is damaged, replace it.
  1. Wrap up vents on the end of a power shaft an adhesive tape to protect new protective covers from damages at their installation.
  1. Establish new covers, then shoot the film.
  1. Carefully squeal the CV JOINT on a power shaft - use the hammer with soft brisk not to damage a holder. Establish a lock ring.
  1. Fill a cavity in a back part of the hinge special lubricant...

... also push lubricant in the hinge.

  1. Establish a protective cover in a flute on driving to a shaft both put a small clip and tighten it the special tool for tightening of strips (available in any shop of auto parts).
  1. Unbend the end of a clip back and cut off superfluous.
  1. Fill other part of the hinge special lubricant (see ill.8 and 9). Push it in the hinge and then establish a protective cover.
  2. Establish a big clip and pull together it (see silt. 10 and 11).
  3. Establish a power shaft (see the Section Removal and installation of power shafts).