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5k mile CV Axle failure

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5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by smacknab » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:11 am

Just adding to the data that aftermarket CV axles are no good. Which I think is already agreed apon, but this was a quick failure. CV axle for my 99 s70 manual transmission. These CV axles are a pain to find or non existent so when I got this I was just happy to find it. Bought from API in the fall, lasted probably less than 5k miles
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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by erikv11 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:23 pm

Maybe slap on a decent quality boot (GKN) and repack the grease and you can actually get some life from the axle? Presumably the boot split only recently.

Reman axles are such a scourge, thanks for reporting.
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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by abscate » Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:47 pm

Axle or boot gone?

I still owe the forum the master drive axle compatability thread.
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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by smacknab » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:09 pm

abscate wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:47 pm
Axle or boot gone?

I still owe the forum the master drive axle compatability thread.
Just the boot, and yeah a definitive compatibility index would be super helpful. I've gotten to the point of saying ok maybe buy the axles from Volvo, but then I see threads saying they are remanufactured and not worth it.
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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by jimmy57 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:47 pm

Those boots are probably made from that rubber that those $4.99 hand truck/garden cart pneumatic tire wheel assemblies from Harbor Freight are made from.

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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by ferocity02 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:23 pm

After replacing the FR outer boot once I decided never again. What a pain in the ass and a nasty dirty job.

For my last torn boot on my 98 S70 FR axle, I bought a Duralast unit from Autozone. Why? Lifetime warranty. If the boot ever fails they will replace the entire thing for free. It's lasted roughly 15k miles and 2 years so far and there are no signs of premature wear.

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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by smacknab » Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:32 pm

ferocity02 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:23 pm
After replacing the FR outer boot once I decided never again. What a pain in the ass and a nasty dirty job.

For my last torn boot on my 98 S70 FR axle, I bought a Duralast unit from Autozone. Why? Lifetime warranty. If the boot ever fails they will replace the entire thing for free. It's lasted roughly 15k miles and 2 years so far and there are no signs of premature wear.
Not a bad idea, was this for a manual?
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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by crlande » Sat Apr 04, 2020 6:29 pm

Does the middle rib in picture have a piece snipped out of it?

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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by ferocity02 » Sat Apr 04, 2020 10:46 pm

smacknab wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:32 pm
ferocity02 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 4:23 pm
After replacing the FR outer boot once I decided never again. What a pain in the ass and a nasty dirty job.

For my last torn boot on my 98 S70 FR axle, I bought a Duralast unit from Autozone. Why? Lifetime warranty. If the boot ever fails they will replace the entire thing for free. It's lasted roughly 15k miles and 2 years so far and there are no signs of premature wear.
Not a bad idea, was this for a manual?
No mine is an auto.

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Re: 5k mile CV Axle failure

Post by Multiskilled » Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:02 pm

A drive axle compatibility thread would be great , looking to do my c70 in the next week or two and there seem to be several variants

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