For want of a boot

Gwendolyn, in the past few weeks, has been suffering from torn boots, which aren’t at all good for her (CV) joints. The dealership offered to replace the boots for a mere $600. Now everything I’ve ever heard about CV joints is that replacing the boots is a stopgap measure at best; the proper way to handle this is to replace the entire axle, which gets you a fresh boot. Nissan, unfortunately, wants over $600 for a single axle; installing a pair comes too close to $1500 to suit my blood.

And then it hit me. I’ve had to have this done before, on my first Mazda. And the actual Mazda dealership was happy to install a rebuilt axle for me for $199. This was, yes, a dozen years ago, but the results were quite satisfactory, and I’m not emotionally wedded to OEM suspension parts anyway, so I sought out an independent shop, which installed a pair of new-to-me axles for a modest $350.





2 comments

  1. unimpressed »

    6 August 2010 · 3:39 am

    I’m a cheap SOB. I’ve installed them for the cost of the parts.

  2. Mel »

    7 August 2010 · 10:56 pm

    re: unimpressed

    I’ve installed plenty of parts too. And when I have the money, I pay to have them installed.

    (and yes I’ve done CV joints, and $350 is a good price for two rebuilts installed)

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