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    1000+ Posts George 1/8th's Avatar
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    Hi Froggers,
    I'm just feeling a bit annoyed. Got under the C5 this evening to get the oil filter part number..and noticed the outer boot on my drivers side drive shaft is torn and throwing grease about.
    I had this very part replaced by a professional drive shaft specialist last December in order to get the cars roadworthy certificate. It wasn't cheap either considering.
    Now, the bloke never gave me a receipt, and it was cash. It was in the first week of December. So, 10 months and a couple of weeks, I'm back where I started.
    Looking closely at this part it has actually perished... the rubber has many small cracks especially where the locking band has tightened around the rubber.
    And he told me he only used the best quality rubber boots too.
    I don't think I can get a warranty replacement because I was never given a receipt. And I think the part is at fault. I only drive the car about 2 to 3 days a week , at most.
    Not too happy. I'll phone him tomorrow and see if he will replace it under warranty. Not liking my chances though.

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    It is worth a try George! Good luck.
    Cheers Gerry

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    I've had them last less than that when I replaced the CX boots a few years back. The quality of the driveshaft boots avaialable seems to be abysmal. I ended up re-fitting the cracked originals which are still aren't split

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    I had the outer boot replaced with a "universal" design. It doesn't have the sharp pleats on the outside but so far is OK. I agree with Shane that the quality isn't what it used to be.
    My decision to go 'Universal' was made because the local Citroen "experts" claimed genuine parts would have to be ordered from France.
    I suggest you see a suspension specialist ( I use FULCRUM in Brisbane ). These days there is a multifingered pneumatic device that stretches the boot so minimal disassembly is required.... the fingers open and stretch the rubber boot over the CV joint. Just like the old days when a greasy cone was used to get inner boots over bulky D outer joints.

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    I'd say it is a stretch boot; I've noticed them age rapidly too.

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    Hi Everyone,
    thanks for your input. I phoned them, they said their replacement parts had 12 months warranty. So, I'll leave really early tomorrow morning to get there when they open. I'm pretty surprised that this NEW replacement part has started to perish, like it has been made out of some really inferior rubber compound. There are many different types of rubber compound. I saw them do the job last December. They removed the wheel, undid the hub nut, and dismantled the drive shaft, leaving the shaft in position. They used a slide hammer to get the circlip to release the outer end of the shaft. They didn't remove the shaft like I thought they would. And, they didn't use an expander. I've actually used one of those myself, on the xantia a couple of years ago when I was replacing the front hub bearings. The "expert" explained to me that he would rather fit BETTER QUALITY rubber covers than the stretchable kind. Well, I'll see what they do tomorrow. For now the perished part is taped up with gaff to keep the dirt out, and the grease in.

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