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Old 10-05-2015, 10:08 AM
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I've got a small split in my passenger side cv boot. The rain from this past weekend turned the dirt road into a mud bog. I'm pretty sure I have some mud and water in the boot now. It makes a little noise when I turn to the left under power. No clicking noise but more like grit in the joint. Should I just replace the boot or replace the whole CV assembly at this point. Anyone want to buy a f150?

Any light y'all can shed on this would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-05-2015, 11:02 AM
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The shaft is splined into the hub and the housing. The shaft has to be pulled either way to replace the boot. It's a great excuse to inspect the splines while you have it off. A little mud and water without thousands of miles of driving and the shaft can be cleaned and regreased. Also check your hub bearings while everything is off. The noise could easily be a hub bearing. Independent front suspension trucks are notorious eaters of hub bearings within 100 k miles
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The shaft is splined into the hub and the housing. The shaft has to be pulled either way to replace the boot. It's a great excuse to inspect the splines while you have it off. A little mud and water without thousands of miles of driving and the shaft can be cleaned and regreased. Also check your hub bearings while everything is off. The noise could easily be a hub bearing. Independent front suspension trucks are notorious eaters of hub bearings within 100 k miles
Thanks! I'm at 255k so I probably need to just change the hubs too
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More than likely you got a little extra grit in your front hub bearings and they started making the noise. My guess is your cv shaft is fine, most likely the hub bearing.
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Independent front suspension trucks are notorious eaters of hub bearings within 100 k miles
Especially those that use the bigger nozzle at the fuel station. I had hubs at 100k and at 150k just had to get a pitman arm and some minor front end work. I still like my truck and just haven't felt the urge to trade it yet.
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A good test of a hub bearing is to Jack the front end up on one side. Once the tire is off the ground, grab it on the top and bottom and try to wiggle it (push/pull on top and bottom). If it moves, you need hub bearings.
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More than likely you got a little extra grit in your front hub bearings and they started making the noise. My guess is your cv shaft is fine, most likely the hub bearing.
You nailed it. Bearing is shot. I replaced the cv axel anyway because I split two boots. That shit sucked. I'm getting really tired of working on this truck, but the price of trucks is out of control. I had to rebuild the rearend last month.



I'm pretty limited on tools down here so that makes it just that much more fun.

Thanks for the help!
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Can that be fixed with a pin oak limb taped to a broom handle?
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Can that be fixed with a pin oak limb taped to a broom handle?
What can't be fixed with a pin oak limb, some tape, and a broom handle?
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