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1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by shiloh51933 » Tue Mar 29, 2016 12:00 pm

mecheng wrote:Replace the CV boots yourself or take it to a mechanic to do. Many have replaced the factory axles and regretted it. Doing the work twice sucks big time, that is the key not a lifetime guarantee
If the cv joint isn't clicking yet then replacing the boot is fine after you clean joints and re-grease for boot replacement. I got some boots from Napa that tore is less than 6 months and like you stated "doing the work twice sucks big time"!
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by PeteB » Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:03 am

shiloh51933 wrote:
mecheng wrote:Replace the CV boots yourself or take it to a mechanic to do. Many have replaced the factory axles and regretted it. Doing the work twice sucks big time, that is the key not a lifetime guarantee
If the cv joint isn't clicking yet then replacing the boot is fine after you clean joints and re-grease for boot replacement. I got some boots from Napa that tore is less than 6 months and like you stated "doing the work twice sucks big time"!
Did you find a boot that lasts?

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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by erikv11 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:38 pm

GKN / Lobro boots will last. $10 for the outer CV at AutoHausAZ. Or search the forum there are several posts about an Audi boot that works for the inner CV.
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by mecheng » Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:05 pm

GKN and only GKN. Here is how you can buy the inner GKN, which is less critcal but doing the work twice sucks big time

http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums ... di#p346662
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by shiloh51933 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:42 pm

PeteB wrote:
shiloh51933 wrote:
mecheng wrote:Replace the CV boots yourself or take it to a mechanic to do. Many have replaced the factory axles and regretted it. Doing the work twice sucks big time, that is the key not a lifetime guarantee
If the cv joint isn't clicking yet then replacing the boot is fine after you clean joints and re-grease for boot replacement. I got some boots from Napa that tore is less than 6 months and like you stated "doing the work twice sucks big time"!
Did you find a boot that lasts?
I believe I got a better pair of CV axles from FCP.
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by huzzsaba » Mon Apr 11, 2016 3:41 pm

I have used the universal stretch boots many time on my volvos with success! Once you buy the kit with the cone, all you have to do next time is buy the universal stretch boot from any part store and clamps, and they should last a long time. That way you can keep your factory axle and don't have to disassemble.
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by kahl » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:24 pm

I agree with huzzsaba on the stretch boots. I use them when I see cracks starting to develop on the boots. The key word is cracked, not torn. File this under preventative maintenance.

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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by erikv11 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:06 pm

huzzsaba wrote:I have used the universal stretch boots many time on my volvos with success! ...
kahl wrote:I agree with huzzsaba on the stretch boots. ...
Interesting, I am curious to know more about this approach, could someone please provide a link to a stretch boot, maybe a brand you have used? :)

Like this one, http://www.stretchcvboot.com/cv-boots/ or something else?

If you want to replace a boot that is cracked, do you put in new grease too, do you pull the axle or do it in the car?
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'96 855 NA, 145k
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'06 S60 R, 165k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by kahl » Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:26 pm

I have always removed the axle from the car. It is just easier for me. I wipe out all the grease I can, slip on the boot then put in new grease. Catching a boot that is cracked not torn you can go this route. If a boot is torn a complete tear down and cleaning is necessary. The key to keeping your axles in good working order is to periodicly inspect the boots.

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Re: 1996 850 Non-Turbo Wagon, Struts and Axle Replacement what Brands?

Post by huzzsaba » Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:53 pm

erikv11 wrote:
huzzsaba wrote:I have used the universal stretch boots many time on my volvos with success! ...
kahl wrote:I agree with huzzsaba on the stretch boots. ...
Interesting, I am curious to know more about this approach, could someone please provide a link to a stretch boot, maybe a brand you have used? :)

Like this one, http://www.stretchcvboot.com/cv-boots/ or something else?

If you want to replace a boot that is cracked, do you put in new grease too, do you pull the axle or do it in the car?

I have done it both way, with it out and with it on the car. SImply slide the boot on, fill it with grease and clamp it. I never had to clean it since I usually caught them right as they leaked.

parts stores carry Dorman Brand. You have to ask for the universal boot and the box will have a photo of the tool that stretches the boot.
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