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#2 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [zenproductions]
Jul 29, 2008 (9:39 am)
Which boot was it; was it the exterior boot (nearest the wheel) or the interior boot (nearest the transaxle)?
I replaced both axles on my '96 outback due to boot failure (nearest the wheel) at around 130,000 miles and 8 years of age. Lifespan of those boots is highly dependent upon the conditions to which they are exposed (I live in Fairbanks, Alaska, so the winters are hard on them), but I would think your Saab has experienced the same conditions as the Subaru, so that can likely be ruled out.
At any rate, I would say they failed prematurely barring any damage from an external source.
#3 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [xwesx]
Jul 29, 2008 (9:51 am)
It was the interior boots. Get this, The car resided in sunny florida for it's first few years of life, no salt, hills or slush.
It is in Maine now but it is yet to endure a winter.
#4 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [zenproductions]
Jul 29, 2008 (11:27 am)
That is a little premature, and $200 to replace just the boot is crazy. The whole axle and CVs cost about $60-70 for the parts and takes about 1.5-2hrs of labor.
Never replace just the boot because once the boot is torn dirt has entered and contaminated the cv joint.
#5 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [paisan]
Jul 30, 2008 (10:47 am)
That's funny because I was going to say the opposite - we had a boot tear on our Mazda 626 and it ended up costing a small fortune, something like $600 IIRC.
The Mazda dealer was always overpriced so to be honest I'm glad we ditched that car.
I don't think $200 is that bad, I'd have been thrilled to pay 1/3rd of what my wife paid for her Mazda.
To make matters worse, the grease spilled on to the oxygen sensor and blew that part out as well. Add another $220 just for the *part*! Ouch.
#6 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [ateixeira]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:10 am)
Juice, he is talking just the rubber boot, not the whole CV. CVs for the subies cost like $75 which includes the boots, joints, axle, etc...
#7 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [paisan]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:15 am)
Mine was just the boot, too!
They said they had to take it off to rebuild it.
Later Pat told me there are kits where you can do the fix without removing the axle. It was the wife's car and I usually work mostly on my cars.
#8 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [ateixeira]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:17 am)
Yeah you can slip-on a boot for like $20 or so, the problem is that once it's torn the CV joint is actually shot because the grease becomes contaminated. It also may have been a more difficult job on the mazda. On the subies you loosen a few bolts on the suspension and it slips right out.
#9 of 22 Re: 2006 Subaru Outback CV Boot Dilemma! [paisan]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:19 am)
This was the front axle on the 626, which is FWD and had that V6 crammed in transversely, with the tranny under it. A crowded mess, basically.
Jul 30, 2008 (11:44 am)
Well, it sounds like Subaru agrees with me. They think the CV boots should have lasted much longer as well. Even though the warranty ran out at 36,000 miles they said they would pay for the replacement of one of the CV boots. My faith has been restored. They were truly sorry for the inconvenience and called it a good faith gesture. Thank you Subaru. I guess it boils down to the fact that cars are a pain in the butt no matter what you own. I am just happy I have an AWD that gets 30 mpg.
Cheers All, thanks for the advice.
#11 of 22 Re: Good news [zenproductions]
Jul 30, 2008 (11:51 am)
Happy ending. Glad they took care of you.