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It seems like all I have done is get my outback repaired since I paid it off.
Its a 06 outback 2.5i with 82 k miles
Since 8/12
Had to replace both rear wheel bearings and rear shocks.
Ripped the sidewall out on rear tire and had to replace all 4 .
Pulled into the parking garage at the airport and smelled something bad.
Popped the hood and inner pass side CV joint boot ripped grease all over what a mess and a smell.

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Can the CV joint be rebooted or will I have to replace the whole axle.
I'm going to replace the plug wires and the 2 belts when I do the 90 k service.

Mike K in South Jersey.
 

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In my opinion you should be able to reboot it, if wasn't clicking or making any noise while driving then it should be good. Plus if you weren't driving around long like that I doubt any dirt or crud got in.
 

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I second rebooting. I still need to do mine. Got the boot on Amazon and the crimping tool from Harbor Freight. Having not gotten to it, I can't tell you too much about it, but there is a DIY...
 

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Or if you are not wanting to mess around with doing the boot (I didn't, just probably cause I'm lazy), you can try to find an axle with boots in good shape at a junk yard for pretty cheap (can't remember exact number). That could be another option.
 

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I'm going to let the dealer take care of it since they owe me a 4 wheel alighment.
I havent driventhe car at all its sitting in the airport lot and im takeing it in the day after i get back.
 

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Dealer will insist on new axles, which will be a pretty penny. I was quoted $400 each if I remember right, and that was without labor. Our local Boulder superupair independent specialist quotes $300 for a remaned including labor. Remaned from original subaru axle, not cheap aftermarket.
 

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Ive already talked to the dealer and they will inspect the CV joint re grease and reboot. They have the boot in stock.
 

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Dealer will insist on new axles, which will be a pretty penny. I was quoted $400 each if I remember right, and that was without labor. Our local Boulder superupair independent specialist quotes $300 for a remaned including labor. Remaned from original subaru axle, not cheap aftermarket.
Our dealership only does boots unless necessary.
 

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reboot the axle.

in general - never let someone install aftermarket axles on your vehicle. the aftermarket axle supply is terribly problematic. there are exceptions but in general keep the original subaru axles - they easily make 200,000+ miles without blinking. replacing them is silly.
 

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OP, don't get bent out of shape over these repairs. Yes it's a lot of money, but all your issues appear to be maintenance related. It's hard to get upset when things wear out that are supposed to wear out. Aside from the maintenance related issues, has it been a good car otherwise? That's really the question you should be asking yourself...
 

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Agreed with the reboot... I bought the boot claps and grease from Subaru and had my local trusted shop do the work when replacing the struts. Still running stong a year or so later. I have 126K on this car now...
 

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Mike 552

Im not complaining it may sound that way . Yes started this right after I had to replace tires. I was a little bent because I was hopping to get another year out of them . Plus there are not alot of places to choose to get tires were I live. Every place I called had to order them . So I ended going to Sears and getting the GY TTT like I had on my 02 outback.
I love my car and plan on keeping it for as long as I can.

Here is another question for all.
When I rotate my tires I usually spray all my rubber boots with silicone spray .
Wondering if that is a good idea oris there somthing else to use.
 

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Nah, I totally get it. Sometimes it gets frustrating when stuff like that happens. Especially on AWD cars because all 4 tires usually need to be replaced when one bites the dust prematurely.

As for silicone spray, I have never done it but it's quite common, from my understanding. I would like to get into the practice of doing it so I'd also like to know if anyone else had any thoughts on this.
 

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Im not complaining it may sound that way . Yes started this right after I had to replace tires. I was a little bent because I was hopping to get another year out of them . Plus there are not alot of places to choose to get tires were I live. Every place I called had to order them . So I ended going to Sears and getting the GY TTT like I had on my 02 outback.
I love my car and plan on keeping it for as long as I can.

Here is another question for all.
When I rotate my tires I usually spray all my rubber boots with silicone spray .
Wondering if that is a good idea oris there somthing else to use.
I would not spray anything on the boots. Any spray or grease will contain chemicals that speed up the demise of the rubber. Keeping them clean and not abusing them is about all you can do to make them last as long as possible. Depending on the silicone spray being used you could be actually speeding up the breakdown of the rubber depending what they are using to suspend the silicone ie the liquid in the can etc.
 

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Got the outback back from the dealer and had both pass and dr side inner CV joint boot replaced. The dr side was starting to split.
I also asked the dealer about the silicone spray and they also advised against using it.

Mike K
South Jersey .
 
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