There are many many businesses out there that rebuild FWD CV half shafts, but are there any that rebuild and sell complete half shafts for our 164's?
I agree with Steve also. I have found on the smaller FWD Italian cars (in particular, the Uno) that the CV joints do wear out even when boots/grease are intact - often around 175,000km - but those cars tend to be used heavily in town with many U-turns etc. (it is always the left CV that goes first for us - driving on the left-hand side of the road). I think it has a lot to do with whether the driveshaft operates at a constant angle, as it tends to with the jacked-up suspension of the smaller cars, and how tight the steering is swivelled (I suspect there is more steering lock on an Uno than on a 164). The old grease that comes out seems to be thinner and less 'pasty' than the new grease, so perhaps it is the grease that wears out first?They're better greased than wheel bearings, and you'd not blink at wheel bearings going 300k miles, would you? The CV bearings don't even have to stand any constant loads from the car weight. I'm with Steve, here.
Exactly my thoughts.I have found that the grease deteriorates over time and liquifies, then the joint gets noisy even if the boot is intact. A rebuild is in order. I rebuild with synthetic grease so no worries on my part about the grease failing, just the bearings wearing a low spot in the CV joint from usage over time.
Yes. I agree. Those things are fairly bullet proof if through their life the boots have been rip free and grease clean. If they do rip, if replaced immediately then I so no reason why they should not last another 209K.Even with 209k?
Thanks very much for the writeup!The synthetic grease has a wide temperature range that it can work in, similiar to the syth. oils, as well as being able to pump through crevices even in a cold situation. As we know well, oil and grease under cold temperatures does not flow well. If water was to get in the joint for some reason, the syth. will resist water better. Generally I will opt for moly based grease for all applications for bearings, but have made the switch to synthetics in CV's because I only want to have to do this greasy job only a couple of times in my life.