Step 7: Final thoughts and considerations.

1. Please remember to grease the joint after assembly.
2. I am pretty sure that the rubber in a heater hose will not stand up to super long term exposure to petroleum products (that's why we don't use radiator hoses for gas tank filler necks). However, this will keep grease in and protect the joint from foreign matter. I believe that it should last quite a while.
3. Remember to routinely inspect your entire vehicle for safety and keep the rubber side down!
Good Temporary fix. I'm probably going to do this on my F350 with blown tre's. However I think it to be advantageous to use FUEL hose as the grease used to lubricate the balljoint will disolve the heater house potentially putting small particles in the ball joint which could increase wear. <br> <br>Ever used a radiator house as a fuel line to the gas tank? Yeah about like that.
Very good point! <br> <br>Excellent in fact. <br> <br>Just have to find fuel line big enough to wrap around it. <br> <br>Thanks for your comment, <br> <br>Mikey
Hey Mikey,&nbsp; Thanks for the clear and&nbsp; concise presentation.&nbsp; Some of the best solutions are the simplest. The OEM boots are too easily damaged as are CV joint boots.&nbsp; Reinforced rubber, such as that used for heater hoses, would last a lot longer than the wimpy rubber boots our vehicles come with, I think.<br /> <br /> Cheers!<br /> Rocky<br />
Thanks Rocky!<br /> <br /> It does seem like these will last longer.&nbsp; I (as you) wish I could find a substitute for those silly CV boots.&nbsp; They are the demise of a good joint.<br /> <br /> Mikey
Nicely done!
Great job... now I just need someone to do one on CV joints for a 1996 Honda Accord. ;)
You can buy a rebuilt half shaft for about 110.00 (Left side) including the 50.00 core from autozone that was w/ the 2.7 L v6 motor model take in your old one get the new one w/ a 90 day warranty the left side costs a little more than the right though.
Hmmm... maybe one of those 4" flex couplings you use to fix a waste sewer line? ;-) Thanks!
great fix!
If you use rubber hose with nylon filament which can be seen from the side of the cross section of the rubber tubing, you will see what looks like little white threads this is used for fuel lines
Great Instructable! I'll be sure to bookmark this one when my boots 'go up'!
Excellent idea! Great instructable too! Next time mine start to weep, I will probably do this. Thanks.

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