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Honda Civic CV Joint Boot Replacement

Q. Hello Vince, I have a 1995 Honda Civic EX with 111,000 miles. It has the 1.6 liter SOHC (VTEC) engine, automatic transmission, ABS, P/S, A/C, and cruise control. I'm getting ready to replace the CV joints. The right outer boot is torn, and although the left isn't torn, it doesn't look that good, either.

Honda Civic CV Joint Boot Replacement

I've looked over my Haynes manual and have read a couple responses you have given concerning questions about CV joint replacement. But, is there anything I need to know about this particular model before I go out and buy the parts and get started on the repair? Any special tools, etc.?

I also have another question: For the past three or four years I have been contemplating going to school to become an Auto Tech. In fact, there is a community college in town, I live near Columbus, Ohio, that offers an auto tech program that can earn you an associates degree upon graduation. I understand that you can also be placed with a dealership or repair shop while you are going through school to enhance the classroom theory with actual work experience. Sounds pretty cool!

The only thing is that I don't have much experience working on cars and the fact that I will be 36 in March, so I'd definitely be late entering into the profession. Still, something tells me I'd really like to do this for a living. What's your thought on this?

Thanks for your time,
Jack

A. I have found that it is more cost effective to replace the whole axle shaft with a rebuilt axle. Four axle boots, if you do the outer's you have to do the inner's as well, are going to cost close to $150.00 and take you about five or six hours to replace. If the boot has been torn for a while, then you are probably looking at a bad CV joint which can run, from the dealer, about $275.00 each.

You can get a rebuilt axle assembly, with all new boots and joints, for about $100.00 each. Replacing the boots is a really dirty job. Two days after doing one I find my KFC still tastes like CV joint grease. With rebuilt axles you pop the old one out and pop the new one in.

As for your second question, there is a high demand for automotive technicians. Kids today find computers more attractive than fixing cars which has led to the shortage of automotive technicians. And all the High school guidance counselors I've talked to don't even think of auto mechanics when discussing possible careers for students.

If the local community college can place you in a dealership apprentice program, and you are sure it's what you want to do, go for it.

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