Outer Cv Joint Inspection.

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Introduction: Outer Cv Joint Inspection.

About: Update 12 September 2017: A very special thanks to Sam Elder, a manager here at Instructables, who tracked down the cause of my lost publications and fixed the issue. Take a bow Sam!

Time for my bi annual car outer CV joint inspection. The tools involved are;

Pair of gloves.
Cordless drill with 1/2inch socket Adapter.
1/2inch Ratchet with 17mm deep socket.
Aluminum tube.
32mm socket.
OEM car jack.
17mm wheel nut adapter.

Step 1: SLACKEN THE WHEEL NUTS.

Using the aluminum tube and Ratchet with 17mm deep socket and nut adapter, I slackened the nuts.

Step 2: RAISING THE CAR.

First I pulled the handbrake up. Then I used my drill and 32mm socket to quickly raise the car to lift the wheel off the ground.

Step 3: REMOVING THE TIRE.

Using the drill I quickly removed the wheel nuts. I normally place the tire under the car near the oem jack.

Step 4: INSPECTION.

This inspection was simple. I checked the boot for cracks or tears. The holding clamps were both secure and no grease found leaking out.

The Cv boot seems good for service.

Step 5: PUTTING BACK ON THE TIRE.

Putting back the tire was easy. I used the drill in screw mode with the torque stop so I won't wring my hand when the nut stopped. I made sure to tighten the nuts in diagonal pattern. I repeated the same exercise for the other front tire. Both sides are in good state so I'm quite happy.

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    Be sure to torque the lugs to correct torque. Would not want to lose a wheel going down the road.

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