Maintaining Your Volkswagen’s Half-Shaft Boot in Thousand Oaks
By Bavarian Performance Specialists July 26, 2019
Volkswagen has created wonderful cars over the years and has a cult-like following. The German engineering is reliable, and their cars are known for their emphasis on safety and handling while also being stylish. Even with the engineering that VW is known for, owners can still encounter problems every once in a while.
Through proper care and maintenance, you can significantly reduce the amount of issues your car experiences. By following the recommended services in your car’s owner’s manual, you can find out what work needs to be done and when. In addition to following the recommended services, you should also make sure that your mechanic is familiar with working on Volkswagens. If they are familiar with VW’s they will know what areas need special care and attention.
However, one problem area in the Volkswagen is the half-shaft boot. While the half-shaft boot in your VW will need to be replaced at some point over the car’s life, it is an issue that you will need to get taken care of immediately when it becomes a problem. If not dealt with quickly, you can cause you and your car a lot of problems. Let’s take a look at the half-shaft boot and its issues and fixes.
What is the half-shaft boot in my car?
In order to know how to take care of the half-shaft boot, it is first important to know what it is and how it works. The CV axle in your vehicle is also commonly known as half-shafts. This is because they measure to be roughly half the width of your vehicle and are incredibly important to the front-wheel drive. The CV axle, which stands for Constant Velocity axle, are the components that transfer the power from your car’s engine to the drive wheels. Along with the CV axle, you have the CV joints. Together, they work to transfer power and compensate for movements created when you car hits a bump and when you are making sharp turns.
If you start to have problems with your CV boot, it is generally due to normal wear and tear. Depending on how you drive and how often you are driving could determine the lifespan of the boots.
In general, you will want to consider replacing the CV boot after about 100,000 miles. In most cases, you will not need to replace your CV axles. If you are experiencing problems with the CV axle, it will generally be a result of a problem with the CV joints.
CV joints need to be lubricated with grease in order for them to do their job properly. Over time, the grease can leak out, and debris from the roads can cause damage to them. If not properly greased or if they get dirt in them, you will likely need to repair the joints.
Further Issues with a Half-Shaft Boot
If you start to notice any grinding sound or hear a knocking when you are driving at slower speeds, this could be an indication of a faulty CV joint in your Volkswagen. You will not be able to look at the CV joints easily to tell if there are any problems with them. The CV joints are covered by the boots on your car so you would need to remove them entirely to get a good look at the joints.
However, if you notice any grease leaking from that area, that is a sure sign that your CV boot is damaged and will need to be repaired or replaced. Taking your vehicle in to a trusted mechanic is the best solution for this type of job.
How We Can Help
If you need to have your half-shaft boot inspected or replaced, the technicians at Bavarian Performance Specialists will be able to help you. Our mechanics will work with you to determine the cause of your problems and then help you figure out the best solution for you. Convenient to the residents of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake, Malibu, and Newbury Park, CA, we aim to provide our clients with service that they can trust. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact our office or visit our website for more information.
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