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    Default Driveshaft boot split

    Need some advice please. When turning full lock to lock when moving very slowly or on the spot,i can hear a whine when turning. Coming from the near side by the wheel.

    Removed the road wheel to find my driveshaft boot split. Also the OS is split too. so both sides split.

    Will be taking to a local backstreet garage that i know and trust, but is it an easy job for a garage to replace, doing both sides of the car.

    What sort of cost would it be? And is it worth changing the cv joint whilst its out, or is there no point if all else ok?

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    Will be easier to change drive shaft probably as u have cv joint to replace as well instead of paying for labour and gaiters and joint itself ask at Ecp for shaft price and go from there....

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    I dont know if i need to change my cv joint. Its just added cost. How much do you think to just change the driveshaft gaiter?

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    the whine when stationary could be the power steering itself if its on full lock, stationary it has nothing to do with the cv joint. Its just the pump trying to keep turning when it physically cant... if you let off the steering wheel slightly does the whine stop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greebo View Post
    the whine when stationary could be the power steering itself if its on full lock, stationary it has nothing to do with the cv joint. Its just the pump trying to keep turning when it physically cant... if you let off the steering wheel slightly does the whine stop
    Yes the whine stops when its reached full lock, its when its on route to full lock. Saying about power steering ive not checked the fluid.

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    its exactly what greebo says , its the power steering pump making the noise

    now back to the cv gaitors
    if they are the outside gaitors nearest the wheel then a decent garage should charge no more than an hours labour per side as all that is required for the job is to remove the lower ball joint bolt and driveshaft nut and then seperate the hub from the lower wishbone

    change the boot then rebuild so if they charge more than about £130 parts and labour for 2 boots then there overcharging you

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    £90.00 for both done & they should clean out the cv grease and re fit new grease, with the boot split road dirt can get into bearing.

    A circlip holds on the cv to the end of the drive shaft once opened it either pulls off or a tap and it's off.

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    Thanks for your comments.
    Its the gaitor nearest the gearbox thats split.
    Had a peak on the club trade site and they are £17.68 for the inner boot kit. So x2 looking at £35 plus labour.
    And perhaps the power steering needs topping up. Why do they put it in a place you cant get to it?

    Ill take it to the garage Monday and see what they will charge. Thx.

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    It's worth factoring in the cost of a gear oil change too Graham as the gear box will loose oil as soon as the n/s drive shaft is removed. I normally use this time to replace all of the oil which is only about a fiver a litre from vx

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    Quote Originally Posted by John IS3 View Post
    It's worth factoring in the cost of a gear oil change too Graham as the gear box will loose oil as soon as the n/s drive shaft is removed. I normally use this time to replace all of the oil which is only about a fiver a litre from vx
    Oh, Never thought of that. Nice 1. Will get some oil when i get the gaitors. Thanks for the heads up.

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