How to Maintenance Your CV Boots in San Bernardino, CA

Front-wheel vehicles, many all-wheel vehicles, and some rear-wheel vehicles have constant-velocity (CV) joints. These CV joints connect the transmission to the drive axles and wheels and play a vital role in keeping your vehicle functioning properly. That’s why Car Pros Volkswagen of San Bernardino wants to help you roll down the road with the confidence that comes from professional and reliable service from your local Volkswagen dealership. 

CV joints are covered by plastic or rubber boots, known as CV boots or drive axle boots. CV boots are responsible for keeping the joints lubricated and preventing dirt and water from getting in. If a CV boot tears, grease can leak out, causing friction or moisture and dirt can contaminate the joint. If this is left unattended, it is only a matter of time before the joint fails from lack of lubrication or corrosion. If that occurs, the whole axle may need to be replaced. 

Your CV boots should be inspected at least once a year, however, more frequent inspections may be required on vehicles that encounter the following conditions:

  • High milage

  • Off-road

  • Transportation industry

As outer boots are more prone to tear, it is important to check these parts regularly. While it is possible to drive a car with a torn CV boot, doing so will likely lead to further damage, eventually resulting in more extensive repairs. If a small tear in a CV boot is caught quickly, it may only require the relatively minor repair of replacing the boot and adding fresh grease. Many repair shops will recommend that the entire axle be replaced, however, if the boot is torn because there may be unseen damage to the CV joints, axle shafts, and other parts that could result in other problems. 

Outer boots (boots closes tot a wheel) are more prone to tears than inner boots. One indication of a torn boot is a grease spot under the front axle or grease splattered on or around the inward-facing side of a wheel. Indications of a damaged CV joint or axle are a clicking or popping noise when turning or vibrations at highway speeds. 

Do you need help inspecting your vehicle’s CV boots? Car Pros Volkswagen on San Bernardino is here to help. Let our professional service team help you get your vehicle back-to-school ready by visiting us at 1600 S Camino Real, San Bernardino, CA 92408 or give us a call at (909) 326-7735 to schedule your next service appointment. Our service hours are Monday-Friday 7 AM-6 PM and Saturdays 8 AM-5 PM. You can also learn more about our incredible service coupons by visiting our service specials page. Our service department is proud to serve our Pomona, Riverside, and Moreno Valley, California neighbors.
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