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Old 05-27-2009, 07:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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CV boot or Axle

I was told the passenger side CV boot was torn and needed to be replaced but now I also hear unpleasant clicking noises when I make a sharp turn...

Do I need to replace axle or just CV boot?

If I need to replace the axle and knowing what the stealer's price ($1200) for the axle kit, I'm kinda leaning toward to an aftermarket parts.

Is there any quality or any issue I need to aware of the aftermarket parts or will I be safe?

BTW, it is 01 E430 4Matic... and has about 135000 miles now.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The axle replacement was what I faced having still good boot.
That couple years ago lead me to buy used axles for spare and now with 4-Matic sold they are for sale. Pictures in "For sale" section.
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I just went through this with my Toyota Camry. Apparently, it is easier and more economical to buy a half axle for that car than to try and replace the boot. I was told that the axle has to be broken apart, the old boot removed, and put back together before you can re-fit the new boot. There is also the chance that the CV joint will be damaged when you do this and that it was compromised by exposure to the elements and lack of grease. Mercedes could be entirely different, but I hope this helps. Lastly, there are good and bad aftermarket parts so if you take that route, research your sources carefully. Good luck.
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Can someone recommend good aftermarket parts store?

btw, is it CV joint or drive shaft or are they the same?
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Drive shaft goes to the rear axlle inside center hump in the car,
CV = constant velocity joint is the pear like shape joint at the wheel.
Mercedes is not selling CV joints separately, that is why you have to buy whole axle with inner and outer CV joints.
The inner joints are having much lesser turning angle.
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I just bought axles for my 01 E320 4Matic from Axles Unlimited Inc (704)399-1003
ask for Dave.
Dave states that these are Mercedes Axles that they rebuild, life time warranty $229.95 each +$150 core charge. UPS is delivering these this morning, I'm having them installed today.
I will post feedback when I return from my road trip to Henderson,this weekend.
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I was told the passenger side CV boot was torn and needed to be replaced but now I also hear unpleasant clicking noises when I make a sharp turn...

Do I need to replace axle or just CV boot?

If I need to replace the axle and knowing what the stealer's price ($1200) for the axle kit, I'm kinda leaning toward to an aftermarket parts.

Is there any quality or any issue I need to aware of the aftermarket parts or will I be safe?

BTW, it is 01 E430 4Matic... and has about 135000 miles now.
The clicking means that, because of the torn boot, dirt has gotten inside the cv joint and destroyed it. Now you will need to replace the axle assembly. With that mileage, I would go with an aftermarket or rebuilt unit.

This is why it's good to get under the car every few months and check out things like cv and steering rack boots. These cheap boots protect expensive parts.
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