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    cv boot destruction

    seems while i was installing my springs i managed to pinch a tiny little hole in the front pasanger cv boot. grease went EVERYWHERE which is how i managed to find this. what do you think i should do? i need this fixed before sunday when i go back to school..... should i take it to subaru so they can blame it on me anyway or do you think they would fix it? could i just try to silicone the hole? how would i re-grease the inside(where all the grease leaked out of)?, should i buy a new one? any help would be appreciated..
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    Re: cv boot destruction

    You should be able to replace just the rubber boot, either DIY or pay Subaru, I doubt there gonna cover it under warranty (doesn't hurt to try though).
    If its only a tiny hole then don't worry about re-greasing, its when you tear that boot open and dirt and crap get in there is when you have problems.
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    Re: cv boot destruction

    Well since I have had this happen to me already, I guess I can offer some help. So my boot got cut by my coilover install. We tried securing the boot with adhesive and that marginally worked. I talked to subaru, and they don't make boots for our model year car. You have to buy a whole new axle (according to them), since it's a non-serviceable boot. So you can ask for a Forester or outback boot (which is similar in size), plus the the collars, and take it to an axle repairman to get him to fix it. Or you can do like I did, and drive it until it dies and buy a brand new axle. I know thats the dumb way to do it, but the stealership wouldn't fix the boot since it was my fault.
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    Re: cv boot destruction

    Quote Originally Posted by June-Rex View Post
    Well since I have had this happen to me already, I guess I can offer some help. So my boot got cut by my coilover install. We tried securing the boot with adhesive and that marginally worked. I talked to subaru, and they don't make boots for our model year car. You have to buy a whole new axle (according to them), since it's a non-serviceable boot. So you can ask for a Forester or outback boot (which is similar in size), plus the the collars, and take it to an axle repairman to get him to fix it. Or you can do like I did, and drive it until it dies and buy a brand new axle. I know thats the dumb way to do it, but the stealership wouldn't fix the boot since it was my fault.
    Major bummer

    Quote Originally Posted by 08wrxsubie View Post
    seems while i was installing my springs i managed to pinch a tiny little hole in the front pasanger cv boot. grease went EVERYWHERE which is how i managed to find this. what do you think i should do? i need this fixed before sunday when i go back to school..... should i take it to subaru so they can blame it on me anyway or do you think they would fix it? could i just try to silicone the hole? how would i re-grease the inside(where all the grease leaked out of)?, should i buy a new one? any help would be appreciated..
    Wouldnt hurt to ask to see what local dealer(s) can do for you.

    You may also want to visit some repair shops, there may be a suitable replacement (non-subaru-oem). See what they can get for you and/or if they can repair it themselves (if you do not want to do it).

    Like June -
    Random thoughts/ideas of looking at potential different sealants, if you're willing to experiment.
    (adhesives (epoxy, crazy glue, etc), gels?, expanding foam (then shave it down after cured). Anything that might be used in the hobby or fix-it industry you might be able to use?). I don't know what might work and what wouldnt, test/read up first. Epoxy heats up and can melt certain materials.

    Or...Ride it out. It may still last for awhile. I road with a broken cv boot on my last car for quite a while (I didnt even know about it)
    When I went in for maintenance, my mechanic informed me that I had almost no grease left in it. So for me, it wasnt immediately noticeable. I guess it would depend on how fast you're losing the grease. My mechanic was able to obtain a non-oem suitable cv boot to replace the broken one.

    Good Luck!



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    Re: cv boot destruction

    i JUST had this happen to me. i had my BCs installed and i guess in the process, the tiniest cut got made on my driver's side cv boot. i didn't notice til i went in for regular maintenance at the dealership. they told me that it happened most likely during the coil over install and that they would not cover it, of course. i went back to my installer, iag in md, and told them about it, and they spent about two hours trying to come up with a solution. as june said above, there is no part number for the cv boot on our cars. being a subie specialist, iag was able to pull a cv boot from a forester which fit perfect. stis and other wrx model years have a smaller diameter opening is what we discovered.

    thing is that you have a lot of centrifugal force and pressure in that boot, and even through my cut into my boot was negligble and inconspicuous, it had a good deal of grease splattered out already and it is not something you want to hold off on replacing, in my opinion. it is a very easy and more affordable repair now vs done the road. get it fixed with a forester boot as soon as you can.

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    Re: cv boot destruction

    yeah i figured it wouldnt be that much fun...
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    Re: cv boot destruction

    Quote Originally Posted by June-Rex View Post
    Well since I have had this happen to me already, I guess I can offer some help. So my boot got cut by my coilover install. We tried securing the boot with adhesive and that marginally worked. I talked to subaru, and they don't make boots for our model year car. You have to buy a whole new axle (according to them), since it's a non-serviceable boot. So you can ask for a Forester or outback boot (which is similar in size), plus the the collars, and take it to an axle repairman to get him to fix it. Or you can do like I did, and drive it until it dies and buy a brand new axle. I know thats the dumb way to do it, but the stealership wouldn't fix the boot since it was my fault.
    Exact same thing happened to me so I am running it dry too so dont feel stupid!!! If they want us to spend 400 bucks on a new axel im gonna get my use outta this one!!!

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    Re: cv boot destruction

    yeah they said they would warranty it but if they decide not to ill ghetto rig it somehow. im not spending 400$ on it. i made my own gasket out of some silicone for now... seems to be holding up
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