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CV Joints & Boots

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The maintenance of CV Joints is a perfect example of why it pays to have your car serviced regularly so parts that are close to wearing out or breaking down can be identified and either repaired or replaced before they cause additional damage that is more expensive to fix. 

The CV Boots protect the CV joints (aka constant velocity joints). If the boots tear or break, the CV will start to wear and will eventually fail, a much more expensive problem to fix than just your CV boots.

If you haven't had your CV joints and Boots checked in a while, or you suspect they might be broken (typically you will hear a clicking sound when going around corners and/or see dark grease around the inside of the drive wheel and rims) then bring your car into our Nerang workshop and let One Stop Auto Care take a look at them for you.

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CV joints are flexible couplings between two shafts that allows each shaft to keep the same driving speed regardless of angle. The CV Joints are needed to deliver torque to the wheels when the car is turning whilst in motion. There are several ways to achieve this, the most common being by using a Rzeppa joint.

The CV Boot is a rubber cover that goes over the CV Joint, seals at both ends using a metal clip and contains grease to keep the CV Joint lubricated. The boots also keep water, dirt and the elements out of and away from the CV Joint to prolong its life and keep it working properly.

Since the CV Boot is made of rubber, it will break down over time until it eventually tears and lets the grease out and dirt and water in. Ideally, the problem will be identified before it breaks or shortly thereafter, to minimise the impact on the CV Joint. If the car continues being driven without a working CV Boot and grease, the joint will start to wear away, seize up and eventually fail. In worst cases this could happen while you are driving.

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