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Old 6th October 2010
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So after getting my diagnostic today, the guy suggested i just replace the whole front axle (cv joint damage from control arm knuckle bolt). I havent had a chance to actually look at how bad the damage is, I got out of work this afternoon and picked the baby up, and its been crappy and rainy since. I havent found anything on partsforsaab or GS, but is there a such thing as an uprated axle? Or would I just be looking at buying a new axle from Saab (assuming the damage is enough to warrant replacing the whole thing)? Thanks!

PS I dont have experience with using cv joints that have had the boot torn and exposed, so is there any chance of cleaning it out and just replacing the boot and keeping the existing joint?
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Dont bother with a boot kit. Once the boot is shot, it doesnt take much dirt and sand to ruin the joint. Once the joint is worn, its time to replace.

You can get rebuilt and new axles from a bunch of the site sponsors and SAAB parts places. The cheapest I have seen is $100 for an EMPI axle.

As far as uprated, the Viggen had a different axle if Im not mistaken, but really the regular axle is good enough. The only time I have had problems with axles is when the damn boot fails and lets gunk in and ruins the CV joint.
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I knew something was awry (the tranny mount), and then I kept feeling what felt like a cv problem, but hoped it was just the tranny mount getting worse. OK, so Ill probably just look into an oem axle then, thanks
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Eeuroparts.com

That place has axles for dirt cheap
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Now, would it be alright to replace just the passenger side (where the boot's been torn) or should I buy the matching drivers side axle?
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You only need to replace the side that's got the torn boot.
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OK, I just wanted to make sure it isn't one of those jobs where if you don't do both sides, you run the risk of wearing them out faster because of differences in torque loads, stressed metal components working with brand new ones, uneven wear, whathaveyou...thanks
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napa sells axles for both sides. The one for the driver's side comes with the cup, the one on the passenger side has an exposed joint like the eeuroparts empi.
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I would not buy empi axles.


http://www.saablink.net/forum/showth...highlight=empi
Click the link and really find out what we think of Empi.

I would try and find a reputable dismantler and buy a good used one with a warranty.
In CT, they seem to be $75 and less.
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But the boot still looks good... Ron
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But the boot still looks good... Ron
Absolutely. Just stick the long rusty bit back into the hole in the black bit and you should be good to go.
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And some JB Weld... Ron
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