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Unread 06-30-2008, 11:49 PM   #1
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the never ending "easy" job (long but good)

so my room mate and i decide to finally catch up on my jeep. all 4 brakes both rear rotors and my drivers side cv joint. we were think 2 maybe 2.5 hours tops. nope not even close it took about 9 hours most of which were driving around to find parts..... the right parts. we started off with the cv shaft. come to find out we didnt have a socket big enough to take off my spindle nut. down to autozone we go. while there we pick up my brakes and rotors. come back and start that while the wheel is off. also learn that 4 out of the 8 rubber boots for guide pin have holes in them and they wont flex properly and that those 4 guide pins are rusted. mean while we are letting penetrating lube work on the spindle nut cuz it was rusted on. back to autozone we go. actually 2 autozones. come back and finally finish the brakes and rotors. so we restart the cv shaft. so we have the 36mm socket with a .5" breaker bar and a 4' cheater bar for leverage. i was pushing so hard i lifted my jeep off of the rear jack stands. it finally gave way. we get off the spindle nut and the spindle finding out the spindle nut was completely cross threaded. get out the cv shaft and go to replace the one i got from advanced. come to find out that the cv boot was to long and rubed my axle housing. back to advanced to return. back to autozone...again. get their cv shaft come back home put it in...guess what...same problem but not rubbing as bad. so to checker we go they have the right part FINALLY! back to autozone return the part so i can purchase the one from checker. back to checker make the purchase and back home. fits like a glove put everything back together. do my control arm, replace stock lca with teraflex to match other 3. goes in with out a hitch relatively. lesson learned autozone is cheaper than advanced. checker has better parts and my room mate must really like me cuz this was a headache waiting to happen. we drove over 100 miles to go to parts stores that are only 5-10 minutes away. after test drive perfect on "first" try yay for us.

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Unread 07-01-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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Unread 07-01-2008, 03:20 AM   #3
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Congrats on scaring the heck out of the next person with brake and cv issues! Glad you got it worked out.
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Unread 07-01-2008, 06:41 AM   #4
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Moral of the story... Go to Checker first!

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Unread 07-01-2008, 07:12 AM   #5
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Unread 07-01-2008, 07:17 AM   #6
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Yeah, the CV boot was rubbing the axel tube on mine too, but I watched as I tightened the spindle nut onto the hub, it pulled the boot away from the tube.
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Unread 07-01-2008, 07:53 AM   #7
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Didn't you know about the three trips to the hardware/autoparts store?
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Unread 07-01-2008, 08:49 AM   #8
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i was at advanced 5 times autozone 4 times checker 1. called advanced and autozone like 3 times checker twice. all in all it was the best headache i ever had lol. to all the new guys with zj's like me. it really wasnt that hard at all! it was just timely after figuring out i needed to replace those pins and boots. go get greasy its worth it!
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Unread 07-01-2008, 10:46 AM   #9
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i was at advanced 5 times autozone 4 times checker 1. called advanced and autozone like 3 times checker twice. all in all it was the best headache i ever had lol. to all the new guys with zj's like me. it really wasnt that hard at all! it was just timely after figuring out i needed to replace those pins and boots. go get greasy its worth it!
It happens to everyone sooner or later.
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Unread 07-01-2008, 11:09 AM   #10
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It happens to everyone sooner or later.
Very true. I have had small jobs take me three times as long as they should have on more than one occasion because of a specific part or tool
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Unread 08-18-2010, 02:23 AM   #12
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I just finished replacing the passenger side front CV joint/axle assembly this morning and i have the same dang boot rubbing issue. I purchased the part off eBay new and it fitted in with no other issues, my question is can the boot be slid over a little on the axle or is it strapped in a groove on the axle like it is on the hub side?

Far as dissassembly the only real issue i had was pulling the hub off, i had to use a socket on 2 of the 3 hub bolts screwed in several turns and a brass hammer to slowly manipulate it off, but once it was off the rest was easy. i cleaned all the rust off and wire wheeled all the mating surfaces, sandblasted the 3 bolts and rotor (minus the brake pad surface) greased all the areas that were previously rusted and reassembled.
Guess ill be tearing it down again later on today but should go fast with it all clean and greased up

If anyone has any thoughts about the boot rubbing issue short of replacing outright as it not an option for my right now ( out of $$$ and time ) id be greatly appreciative!!!
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