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Just finished a valve job on a 98 S10, 4.3 4x4 and am having more trouble trying to fix a torn cv boot. I can't get it stretched over the hub, can't find the tools necessary for a fix on the car. I haven't a clue about removing the shaft. I have read about possibly having bolts on the trans, prying it out etc. However, I read about others replacing the "half shaft". Several questions, forgive me please for being a rookie. Does the shaft come apart, separate to replace only "half" of the shaft? If I pull the shaft from the trans, will I need to also replace the inner boot? I've tried to find "split" or "EZ" boots, no one seems to have them in stock. Help Please!! Thanks. :D
 

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Best to replace the shaft. after you return the core it will only cost like $60. Most likely will also have a lifetime warranty.
Thats alot of work to replace a boot, then in 6 months have the shaft go bad. trust me you will hate yourself.

Actually I dont even know if you can rebuild one of these.

heres how to take it out though :)

undo the cv shaft hub nut
undo brake line tab on upper control arm
EDIT!: take the brake caliper off & set it somewhere out of the way. cant believe i forgot that
separate tie rod from knuckle
unbolt top shock mount ( maybe bottom too, i forget)
undo top ball joint from knuckle
tap cv shaft in to separate from knuckle
lower the lower control arm & knuckle while pushing cv shaft in

once separated, tap the inner metal "flange" area with a piece of wood & hammer to seperate the retaining ring.
 

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Thanks JSMZ, learning as I go. I'm gonna replace the shaft, I'll let you know how it goes, again, thanks for the help. :)
 

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Best to replace the shaft. after you return the core it will only cost like $60. Most likely will also have a lifetime warranty.
Thats alot of work to replace a boot, then in 6 months have the shaft go bad. trust me you will hate yourself.

Actually I dont even know if you can rebuild one of these.

heres how to take it out though :)

undo the cv shaft hub nut
undo brake line tab on upper control arm
EDIT!: take the brake caliper off & set it somewhere out of the way. cant believe i forgot that
separate tie rod from knuckle
unbolt top shock mount ( maybe bottom too, i forget)
undo top ball joint from knuckle
tap cv shaft in to separate from knuckle
lower the lower control arm & knuckle while pushing cv shaft in

once separated, tap the inner metal "flange" area with a piece of wood & hammer to seperate the retaining ring.
When I replaced my pass side half shaft I didnt have to unbolt tierods or ball joints. Just removed wheel bearing and Went to town with a pry bar. :dunno:
 

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good for you. undoing the wheel bearing imo is more work in a tighter space. 3 bolts for the wheel bearing. two castle nuts for the way i described, 1 for the tie rod end, 1 for the upper ball joint.

I personally have a ball joint separator which makes it take about ohh, 30 seconds or so to separate them & doesnt damage them or their boots. very good investment if you rock an S-series.
 

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anyway too bad you cant edit posts after 10 minutes. Anyway do it how ever trips your trigger. If your down with pry bars then go for it. I tend to stick as close to the book as I can, I tend to have less problems that way.

Chilton manual even wants you to completely remove the entire knuckle, not just undo the top ball joint like i do.
 
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