CV Boot & Axle
Q: Is a CV boot replacement an urgent repair item?
A: Absolutely! If a technician has determined that you have a cracked, leaking, or torn CV boot, it doesn’t take long to damage the CV joint itself, easily tripling or quadrupling the cost of repair. Once you experience any noise when turning or accelerating, such as clunking, the CV joints themselves have more than likely been damaged already and the axle will need to be replaced.
The CV boots are protective rubber boots that cover the flexible ends of the drive axles. The boot has a large end and a small end and looks sort of like an "accordion funnel". Each boot is attached to the axle with a metal band clamp on either end of the boot that presses the CV boot against the axle to keep it in place. Inside the boot there is special grease that lubricates the CV joint. The CV boot prevents the grease from drying out and more importantly it keeps dirt and grit from getting in and mixing with the grease to form an abrasive paste that can quickly damage the CV joint.
Modern front wheel drive cars typically combine the transmission and front axle into a single unit called a transaxle. The drive axle is a split axle with a differential and universal joints between the two half axles. Each half axle connects to the wheel by use of a constant velocity (CV) joint which allows the wheel assembly to move freely vertically as well as to pivot when making turns. A CV boot is used to protect the CV joint and prevent the grease from drying out and more importantly it keeps dirt and grit from getting in.
What our Automotive Service Consumers Should KnowPosted December 13, 2011 12:46 PM
There are some things Tucson consumers should know about our automotive service and repair. First and foremost, BRAKEmax Car Car Centers cares about you and your family’s safety. And that we really appreciate your business! BRAKEmax Car Car Centers wants to build a trusting relationship that becomes the foundation for a mutually beneficial experience for years to come.
Building on that foundation, there are some things that would help you understand the auto service and repair business better. First, it can be really hard to fix cars. The days of shade tree mechanics are long gone. The majority of automotive systems are computerized and it takes a lot of training and very expensive equipment to diagnose and repair modern vehicles. The technicians that work for BRAKEmax Car Car Centers need extensive computer training – not just how to run the diagnostic systems, but also searching for the right parts, networking with other technicians to help them with a difficult problem, and pulling together a job order that makes sure that each step of the process is addressed.
The threshold for getting started as a technician gets higher all the time and there is a huge commitment to on-going training every year. This training takes time and money. It contributes to business overhead. The average Tucson driver may not realize the business and environmental regulations BRAKEmax Car Car Centers must comply with. Of course that costs money too. Like any business, overhead is a big factor.
When you go into a Tucson restaurant you don’t value the meal by what the food would cost at the grocery store. The restaurant has rent, wages, insurance, taxes, utilities, professional fees, equipment, supplies – you get the picture. The restaurant has to charge enough to not only pay for the ingredients, but for all these other things as well while making enough profit to remain in business. If you value the meal and are satisfied with your dining experience, you’ll come back and tell your friends.
It’s the same for BRAKEmax Car Car Centers. The value of its service is not the cost of the parts they replace, but in your satisfaction with the results. If they deliver a good product at a fair price, customers are happy to see them succeed as a local automotive business.
Your service center loves to see its customers whenever they come in, but they would much rather see them three or four times a year for routine maintenance than once a year on a tow truck. They want to work together with you to avoid breakdowns. Tell your tucson area friends and family to go in for their scheduled maintenance too. That lowers the service center’s marketing costs and helps keep its labor rates down. That’s good for everyone.